After an off-season of speculating that Marcus Spears wouldn’t back with the Cowboys this season, the team decided that they need him after all. According to Adam Schefter, Spears and the ‘Boys agreed to a 5 year, $19.2 million deal.
Marcus may not have been the team’s top target at d-line, but with the outrageous contract that was given to Stephen Bowen, they probably decided that he wasn’t a bad option after all. Also, if paired with maybe a Cullen Jenkins, Spears can still be an effective difference maker.
Finally, not to speculate too much on this — okay, to speculate a lot — perhaps this is a sign that Nnamdi Asomugha will be coming on board tonight. Locking up Spears at a decent price might have been a move that was made to make sure they addressed their d-line issues and still be able to bring in Asomugha. Every minute that passes with Nnamdi not agreeing with the Jets means it’s more and more likely that he becomes a Cowboy. I’m glad Spears is coming back. $19.2 million may seem like a lot, but in this current free agent market, less than $6 million a year for a defensive end is a steal.