Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer signed a $10.63 million tender Tuesday after being slapped with the franchise tag last week

By doing so, Spencer protects himself from having the offer rescinded at a later date and becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Spencer, who played linebacker last season and is expected to move to defensive end in new coordinator Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme, was invited to the Pro Bowl this past season after he led the Cowboys with 95 tackles and contributed 11 sacks, a career-high total.

Spencer played the 2012 season after being pegged with an $8.8 million franchise tag and the club is interested in finally making a long-term commitment to the 29-year-old a reality. The Cowboys will have until July 15 to get a deal done.