With all of the talk surrounding the federal government’s “cash for clunkers” program to spur car purchases, I thought I’d come up with a list of Dallas Cowboys who might be clunkers this year and lose their spot on the team. There aren’t a ton, but these guys really need to step up or the Cowboys will have to look elsewhere for the talent.
1. Bobby Carpenter
Dude, you were a 1st round pick in 2006 and all you’ve done is provided some decent special teams help. You came from a college known for its tough defenses, yet you’ve shown very little of that with the silver and blue. You’ve got one more year, Bobby. With the departure of Kevin Burnett, you may see more playing time. Don’t be a clunker. Show you were worth that pick.
2. Marcus Spears
Quite honestly, I am sick of talking about Spears and Carpenter, both who were first rounders. Spears has great size, and although he showed slight improvement last year, he is still not a force. He had a record 65 tackles, but he wasn’t a force on the front line. He might want to gain some more muscle and lose a few pounds and add some speed to those limbs.
3. Anthony Spencer
After an embarrassing incident at a night club, Spencer was rumored to be on the way out, but the Cowboys decided to keep the 2007 first-round pick over aging Greg Ellis. No one can argue this though: Ellis was a better player, despite his mouth, and would have been a better guy to have on the other side of DeMarcus Ware–at least at this juncture. But Anthony Spencer has the stage now, and he has to perform. He needs to get double-digit sacks like Ellis did. If he doesn’t, he might just be another clunker on the team.
4. Sam Hurd
Sam, you’ve been in the league four years now. The Cowboys would love to have a third-down clutch receiver a’la Mr. Alvin Harper, and Hurd might just want to fill that role. Miles Austin has pretty much made Hurd look expendable and if the Cowboys go after Matt Jones, Hurd’s days are done. I will be a little easy on Hurd since he was an undrafted rookie in 2006.
5. Keith Brooking
Keith, I know you’ve been in the league a dozen years, but please give the Cowboys one year of clunker-free football. We desperately need a hard-hitting man in the linebacker corps and you were picked as the guy for the job. Please perform it, or you’ll just be another old guy sent to the junkyard for a new hybrid.