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.