Jan 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) arrives at NFC practice for the 2013 Pro Bowl at Hickam air force base. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys To Trade Anthony Spencer?


I read an article recently about Anthony Spencer and how trading the pro bowl linebacker is still a possibility that should be looked at.

On first thought I cringed at even the possibility of letting go one of the few bright spots of this team, but upon reading the article I grew very keen to the idea.

Let’s get one thing straight. I love Spencer and everything he accomplished last year both for he, and the Cowboys. He progressed in a way that the team desperately needed, but at this point he seems an expendable commodity.

Jerry Jones’ is not a job I envy right now. He has a lot of holes to fill and a fan base that is so far past the point of irate that anything less than a Super Bowl is failure. It would seem as if Anthony Spencer is the best card that he has in his deck.

While Spencer had a great campaign last year, his price tag is a burden that can’t be ignored. Let’s just have a look at this very hypothetical scenario. As of now one option Jerry has is to grant Spencer an extension. While that might sound great at the moment let’s remember several things.

This team right now is in financial chaos. Signing Spencer to a long term deal could make for problems in signing budding stars such as Dez Bryant or Sean Lee to long term deals. Add in the fact that Spencer is switching positions, and while he played defensive end well in college he is still untested at the professional level.

Why not strike while the iron is hot? He is coming off of his best season ever and why not sell high right? I don’t claim to be an expert on player trade value but I’m willing to bet some team would be willing to part with a second round draft pick for the pro bowler.

At the very least he could be worth a couple of late rounders which would allow for Jerry and his crew of merry men to plug in the holes while saving a ton of money in the process.

The pain of losing a player of Spencer’s caliber is obvious but the scenario could not even be written in a better way. This class is deep with help in the trenches which is just what the Cowboys need. More draft picks equals more players to fill those needs and a replacement for Spencer.

Trading Spencer allows this team to build for the future without completely blowing up the core nucleus it has in place at the moment.

As I stated earlier this is all hypothetical, but definitely worth thinking about.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    lets do it cowboys, for a 2nd or 3rd, and give better use that money

  • http://twitter.com/KManXPress Keith Ranson

    If So, The Had Better Get NO LESS Than An EXTRA 1st Round Pick; Otherwise,It’s A Totally STUPID Move!

  • grkorbel

    “This team right now is in financial chaos. ”

    B.S. As of the beginning of the month Dallas had more money in the bank than 11 other teams and they still haven’t hinted at what they might do with Doug Free.Free either restructures like David Diehl did with the Giants and saves Dallas about $3m bringing their bankroll close to $9m-$10m (they have $5.5m to play with right now)

    or they cut him after June 1st, long after they have had time to plug a rookie into his spot to start or share time with Jeremy Parnell.

    • ta

      BS huh? You see $5.5mil – good job. You saw they restructured 8 people this year. That is dead money. You see there are holes all over the roster and very little depth. Romo just got a contract with 55 mil guaranteed. You say no problem, right?
      Well, here is what you didn’t see. The team is $24 mil over the cap for 2014. The have many holes to fill, rookie contracts to pay, and a ton of dead money that won’t go away. Then they have to sign Lee, Dez, Carter, and Tron soon. Free counts at least 5.5 mil next year even if he is cut.
      Don’t say BS if you don’t have any ability to see past 2 months in your crystal ball.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Not a bad idea but what you have to remember is Dallas’s draft history. If you could count on Dallas to draft well then I would trade Spencer. But if they were good at drafting they wouldn’t be in this situation to begin with.

  • jrcowboy49

    If Jerrah can get a 2nd round pick for Spencer he should take it!

  • A.T.

    A couple of late rounders? Are you kidding me! you can’t trade a pro-bowler in his prime for a couple of late rounders just to watch them get cut during training camp. Hell No! unless you get a first this is a dumb idea, and in this weak draft i’m still not sure it makes any sense.