Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Sean Lissemore (95) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) look 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 Have To Find A Way To Keep Anthony Spencer

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

Anthony Spencer has yet to find work after a 2013 season in which he was sidelined the entire year with a knee injury. The Cowboys would be wise to at least attempt to keep him in Dallas.

After receiving the franchise tag in 2012, Spencer would go on to have the greatest season of his career. He would finish with 11 sacks that year.

Prior to the 2013 season the Cowboys were in a pinch much like the one they are in now. There were huge defensive holes to fill. Losing a name like Anthony Spencer to free agency seemed at the time a potential blow to an already struggling defense. It seems as if Jerry Jones agreed. Spencer was again was tagged as the replacements in free agency were either inadequate or unaffordable.

Spencer would miss the entire 2013 season due to season ending knee surgery.

It seems as if the surgery may have given us just a peek of what life could be like without Anthony Spencer.

Spencer to the Cowboys seems like a match made in heaven. Why not give it another go with the franchise that gave you a shot in the first place? And why not take the chance one more time on a player who has proven that when asked to prove himself, does so?

The simple fact that Spencer is still floating around in free agency means that probably no teams are willing to take a chance on an aging defender coming off of season ending knee surgery with only one good season to his name.

Remember, before 2012 Spencer never topped 6 sacks in a single season, and that being on the opposite end of DeMarcus Ware. Spencer is a competitor though, and I have a feeling that whoever picks this guy up is going to be getting quite the bargain.

The Cowboys are taking a chance on a guy named Henry Melton who quite frankly sounds a lot like Spencer. He’s coming off of a season ending knee injury with only one good season to his name. If it wasn’t mentioned that he was quite a bit younger, most people might assume that Spencer was the one being mentioned. Why not treat Spencer just like Melton?

Spencer is no Jared Allen. He can’t threaten retirement in hopes of receiving a big payday. He can however put his money where his mouth is and bet on himself.

Melton made one of the more admirable moves by a professional athlete that I’ve ever witnessed. Despite feeling he was worth much more, Melton agreed to a contract in which his payday would come only after he proved he could play at a high level. The results of that deal are to be determined, but why not offer Spencer that same deal?

The potential is there, the athleticism is there, and once again, Spencer already showed once that he can play, especially when his back is against the wall.

Bring Spencer back to Dallas and let’s see if he can prove us all wrong one more time.

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