It was first reported by Jordan Woy, Anthony Spencer‘s agent, that the Dallas Cowboys and Spencer have agreed to a one-year deal to bring the Purdue product back to Dallas . Terms have not been determined yet, but what we know for sure is that Spencer will be a Cowboy for the 2014-2015 season. While it took longer than expected, both sides finally agreed on a deal. Signing Spencer was a smart idea, but it is yet to be determined if he is fully recovered from the microfracture surgery he had in October.
After releasing DeMarcus Ware and not bringing back Jason Hatcher, the Cowboys lost two of their stars on their defensive line. When Rod Marinelli agreed to come to Dallas, he believed Dallas’ defensive line would be Ware, Jay Ratliff, Hatcher, and Spencer. But after Spencer’s injury in 2013 and Ratliff’s inability to stay healthy, the Cowboys were down two of their previous starters and Ware was never 100% last year.
Before the Cowboys re-signed Spencer, Dallas’ defensive line would’ve likely been (from left to right) Jeremy Mincey, Henry Melton, Tyrone Crawford, and George Selvie. Granted, Dallas will likely draft a defensive linemen in this year’s draft, but it is reassuring to know that they have re-signed a proven player in Spencer. In 2012, Spcncer’s contract year, he truly showed his importance to Dallas. In that year, he had 95 sacks and 11 sacks.
By bringing Spencer on a one-year deal, maybe Spencer will have a career year similar to the one he had two years ago. Crawford and Ben Bass have been talked up by Dallas’ coaches, but it is clear they are only rotational players to this point. The Cowboys had cap space remaining, and re-signing one of the best free agents remaining in Spencer was a smart investment. Spencer will be Dallas’ main pass rusher in 2014. That means he will likely be play left defensive end, which is the position he excelled at in college.