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Dallas Cowboys Should Re-Sign Anthony Spencer


It’s only been two years since Anthony Spencer was the most dominant player on defense for the Dallas Cowboys. Since, Spencer has been loathed in Dallas because he has eaten a ton of money while only playing in one game. After Spencer’s career year in 2012, the Cowboys used the franchise tag on the Purdue product to retain him for the 2013 NFL season. Spencer missed Dallas’ first game against the rival New York Giants. But, he managed to play in week two against the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, it only took around 20 snaps until Spencer re-injured his knee injury.

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After that game, Spencer had microfracture surgery. This surgery kept him out for the rest of the season. Rod Marinelli came to Dallas for the most part because he envisioned a starting defensive line consisting of DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, and Spencer. After Spencer’s injury and Ratliff’s inability to stay healthy, this defensive line looked lost. In the 4-3 defense, the defensive line is the piston for this team’s cuccess. After Hatcher left for free agency and Ware’s release, this defensive line looked even worst than last year’s.

Signing Henry Melton in free agency was huge, but the Cowboys could look to add another starter on the defensive line because Melton’s deal was so cap-friendly. The signing of Jeremy Mincey was a good one, but he is definitely not a long-term starter for Dallas. That said, Dallas should look to re-sign Spencer. There have been rumors about Jared Allen coming home to play for the Cowboys, but he wants a lot of money. With around $5 million in cap space, getting Spencer would basically be a bargain.

I’ve never been a big fan of Spencer, but he is definitely better than any other option in free agency. It’s been almost two weeks since free agency began, and Spencer is still available. It is interesting that a guy who can play in the 4-3 or the 3-4 is still available. With multiple teams lining up visits for Spencer, it’s odd that he hasn’t been signed yet. The Cowboys should sign Spencer to a one-year $4 million deal. He could be a good stopgap for the future. If Dallas does sign Spencer, they could look to draft a free safety like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of this year’s draft. If they do sign Spencer, Dallas’ defensive line in 2014 will most likely be Spencer, Melton, Ben Bass, and George Selvie. That defensive line isn’t the best, but it is most definitely not the worst.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    4 mill for the next season, are you dope ?

    • Ryan Ratty

      That is his going rate right now.

  • Jack Farguson

    I think the Cowboys see the same thing in Spencer as those other teams that have let him pass. He has already cost the cowboys too much for doing nothing. I think he needs to be cheaper than Melton with incentives for playing and getting sacks. We did pay him 10mil for 20 snaps. I think he owes a bargain.

  • Scott.

    It would have to be a sweet deal for Dallas to do it. He got paid 10 million last year to do nada. I’d do a 1 year 3 million or let him walk. And btw the market for him righ now is not real good or he would be signed elsewhere

  • Adrian

    He hasn’t been signed by any team, because there are legitimate concerns with his injury and rehab. There are reports that he will not be ready for training camp. 4 million is ridiculous. I wouldn’t pay too much more than the minimum for such a risky investment.