Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) looks into the backfield of the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Not Seeing Value In Anthony Spencer?

It’s amazing sometimes how a new toy can so quickly lose its wow effect. As children, the highlight of our Christmas or birthday was receiving that new power ranger, or Godzilla wrapped up with a bow and all that good stuff. Sometimes those toys stick with us forever, no matter how scratched or beat up it gets, but other toys quickly find the way to the bottom of the pile.

To many of us Cowboys fans, Demarcus Ware is that toy that stays with us forever. Although dinged and beaten this last season, we still respect what he brings to the table and know he still carries many serviceable years that could very well produce a single season sack record.

Anthony Spencer on the other hand is quickly becoming that toy that has lost its shine. Despite rumors that Spencer and the Cowboys front office were in talks of an extension, word has quickly spread that those talks have ceased.

Some blame it on Kyle Wilber and the potential he brings to the table. Geez, if he brings anything close to the production Spencer does then I say well done at his price.

The truth is that maybe Jerry Jones and his merry men might just be realizing that Anthony Spencer is a risk at best at such a high investment. Look at the facts. Spencer never really produced until his back was against the wall. Throw on top of that the fact that he is switching positions this year and then it is easy to see the argument.

One thing that bothered me personally was all the hype behind Spencer because of his play and it never seemed to be brought up that a handicapped Demarcus Ware still produced more sacks.

I truly think Anthony Spencer is an asset to this team. I do believe that it is unfair to compare Spencer to Ware, but when he expects to receive a contract comparable to Ware’s then I believe it would be completely asinine not to do so.

Maybe the writing is on the wall. Spencer is switching positions, getting older, and has an up and coming backup nipping at his heels. I will gladly admit I am wrong if Spencer produces like he did last year, but at the moment it looks like Jerry is making the right decision.

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  • ‘mericas_team2013

    I believe that for the $$$ that Spencer is likely demanding that JJ is making the right decision. I also think that Spencer is one of the most underrated players on the Cowboys roster and severely under appreciated and thought he should have been signed 2 seasons ago. I just don’t believe now that he is worth more than $5 or $6 million a season at most, which is what they likely could have paid him in 2011.

    • FanInHawaii

      I totally agree! I really appreciate what Spencer does for the Cowboys. He’s always been a quarter second away from having a lot of sacks. He’s put a whole lot of pressure on opposing qbs and is very good against the run and pretty good against the pass.
      My only problem is that I don’t think he’s worth more than $5-6M/yr. I don’t worry about the position change cuz just like Ware, he played so well at defensive end in college that he got drafted in the 1st round.
      It makes sense that Jerry hesitates to pay Spencer when Wilbur has a cieling comparable to Spencers while being younger and a whole lot cheaper. With the money we save on saying goodbye to spencer, we could afford to pay Lee, Carter, Murray, Dez, and or maybe pick up a young stud ooffensive lineman.
      The fact of the matter is, we have a lot more pressing needs at other positions to be spending so much on one. Wilbur will suffice while improving or securing others.

  • Juanito Juanito

    spencer will have a good next season and the dumb jerry will pay him to not let him go, cowboys should let him go since this season, and with that money sign two very good players, one def. end and a good guard

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      You are probably correct. Jerry will probably give Spencer an outlandish contract after his best years are behind him. After all, Jerry Jones is still the general manager and we all know how inept he is.