Anthony Spencer hopes to finish his career with the Cowboys by signing a long-term deal

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Defensive end Anthony Spencer believes he did enough last season to warrant a long-term deal. But if it doesn’t get done, he will do what he did last year.

“I’m really not worried about it,” Spencer said. “I come here; I work, and then I go home and relax. If it gets done, it gets done. I have the same attitude I had last year. It ended up working out for me, so I don’t worry about it much.”

Spencer, 29, played under the franchise tag last year. He made $8.8 million. After his first Pro Bowl and a career-high 11 sacks, the Cowboys franchised him again this year. He will make $10.6 million but hopes his agent, Jordan Woy, can work out a long-term deal before the NFL-mandated July 15 deadline.

“I want to be here for the rest of my career,” Spencer said. “Hopefully we can get that done. If we can’t, then so be it.”

Spencer should get something in the range of the five-year, $41 million deal that Paul Kruger signed with Cleveland. It included $20 million guaranteed.

Jordan offers Dez advice

Michael Jordan’s advice to Dez Bryant was simple. When the NBA Hall of Famer met with the Cowboys receiver at the NBA All-Star Game in Houston in February, Jordan offered four words of wisdom:

Stay out of trouble.

Bryant, who recently signed an endorsement deal with the Jordan Brand, plans to oblige. It was Bryant’s idea to work without getting paid for the first year, to prove he won’t get in trouble. If he does that, Bryant would receive that missed salary in the deal’s second year, according to a source.

“Whenever you represent a guy like Michael Jordan, you’ve got to be right,” Bryant said. “I don’t know one guy who doesn’t admire him. It’s very rare to be a part of that [Jordan Brand] group. Just to be blessed to be part of that group means a lot to me.”

Bryant, 24, has had a quiet off-season. Two years ago during the off-season, he had a dispute at a Dallas mall and allegations of an unpaid debt to a jeweler. Last year, his off-season was marked by an arrest for an assault against his mother.

Jordan’s words carry weight with Bryant, another reason to stay on the straight and narrow.

“Hearing it from him, he is a strong voice,” Bryant said. “His opinion matters. It just adds fuel to trying to do things great at all times. That’s something you don’t want to mess up. Now, I do pay attention to that, just because of the fact of who he is and what he is about. Everybody knows Michael Jordan is about his business, so that makes you want to be about yours.”

Garrett coaching for his job?

Even though Jerry Jones said last week that Jason Garrett isn’t coaching for his job this season, the Cowboys head coach figures that pressure comes with the job title.

“Ever since I’ve been in this league, as a player, as a coach, I think everybody each and every day is playing and coaching for their jobs,” Garrett said Tuesday. “That’s the nature of this thing, and that’s what makes the NFL great. You come here to work every day and you know we use the word urgency a lot. ... Every day is important as a coach, as a player, we’re trying to get ourselves better each and every day so we can become the team we want to be.”

Garrett is 21-19 in his 2 1/2 seasons as the Cowboys’ head coach. He is entering the third year of a four-year deal he signed before the 2011 season after Jones removed the “interim” title Garrett received midway through the 2010 season when he replaced Wade Phillips.

Briefly

• Right tackle Jermey Parnell tweaked his hamstring last week and missed Tuesday’s OTA as a precaution.

• Left guard Nate Livings left Tuesday’s practice early with a right knee injury. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in the off-season but has not missed a workout. Right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau still is rehabbing from off-season shoulder surgery. That gave David Arkin and Ronald Leary extra reps Tuesday.

• The Cowboys worked out offensive tackles J.B. Shugarts and Dann O’Neill on Tuesday.

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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