The old saying that hindsight is 20/20 couldn’t be truer this week. The recent news that Anthony Spencer will be undergoing season ending knee surgery definitely makes those people begging for a trade or a release seem a little bit smarter. On the other end of the argument though had this not happened it looked like we were in for a real treat.
Seeing how the defense has performed thus far makes me cringe at what could have been. The sight of a George Selvie and a Jason Hatcher performing the way they have under Rod Marinelli and Lane Kiffin leaves me almost in tears not knowing what could have been done with the physical specimen that is Anthony Spencer.
The sad fact of it all is that we may never know the true potential of Spencer. His breakout performance last year was definitely a sign of his freakish ability, but I refuse to believe that that was his peak. It’s hard to even fathom now that we will even see him in a Cowboys uniform ever again.
I don’t claim to be a salary cap or contract savant, but seriously, what does he have to show? He’s coming of the best season of his career while playing under a franchise tag. Even then he was unable to outperform a one-armed Demarcus Ware I might add. This year he was tagged again and all we got out of it was a few snaps in a game and season ending knee surgery.
Like I said, I don’t claim to know much about the salary situations so what happens next? I can’t see Jerry signing him to a contract, especially since he was unwilling to do so last year while he was at full strength. Does this injury suddenly make him much less valuable ergo easily signed to a multi-year low salary contract? That’s definitely my hope. Or does he still have large value? If that’s the case there’s no way he’s back next year.
The never-ending saga of Anthony Spencer continues and hurts a little more with every passing chapter. With better coaching who knows what Spencer’s potential could be, and seeing what Marinelli and Kiffin have done with bench players makes me wonder what they could have done with Spencer. Its not the wasted money that hurts me, it’s the mystery of not knowing if we will ever know what Anthony Spencer could have been.