Before his 2012 season, Anthony Spencer didn’t do much since he was drafted he was drafted out of Purdue in the 2007 NFL Draft. 2012 was Spencer’s contract year and he was easily the best player on defense because Spencer knew that if he had a good year, he would be in for a big payday. Instead of giving him a long contract extension, the Dallas Cowboys elected to bring Spencer back with the franchise tag for the 2013 season. That decision was a bad one in the en, considering Spencer finished the year with the two tackles, as he needed season-ending knee surgery after a hit he suffered in the second quarter.
Spencer was recovering from microfracture knee surgery, but the Cowboys still re-signed Spencer on an incentive-laden deal. The bad news, however, is that Spencer may start the season on the PUP list and that means that the Cowboys would’ve wasted more money down the drain with Spencer. In my opinion, the Cowboys would’ve benefitted much better by giving young players like DeMarcus Lawrence and Ben Gardner the chance to start opposite of George Selvie.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is one of the best coaches in the league at getting the most out of his players and he has already said that he will likely use a rotational defensive line. The Cowboys drafted Lawrence in the second round and the organization believes that he could be a double-digit sack type of guy. If that happens, the Cowboys would be paying good money to a player that would not be getting starting minutes. The Cowboys made it their goal over the off-season to get younger and bringing back Spencer certainly brought up a few questions.
By the end of the 2014 season, Cowboy fans will wonder why Dallas brought Spencer back? Even if he does come back, Spencer will be playing the left defensive end position and that was the position DeMarcus Ware played in the 4-3 defensive scheme. Spencer hasn’t played this position since college.