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.