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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  • David

    David there are a few issues with your idea of bringing back Spencer. The first and maybe most important issue is Spencer is not coming back from a torn ligament in his knee. The microfracture surgery is a much more difficult injury to come back from and has ended players careers. Secondly he will be playing out of position like Ware did last year and there is a huge liklihood that he would have the same difficulties in making the transition. Thirdly there is no remote comparison to Melton. Melton is coming in and playing the exact position where in his last full season was a pro bowler and top rated DL in NFL. Melton is also 27 and if he performs will be paid well. And if Spencer was that highly regarded he would have been signed by now. I honestly would rather they not consider him and just build through the draft. Dallas is going to rotate 8 to 9 guys on the D-line and he would be an expensive risk even at the Vet Minimum which I doubt he would sign for.

  • Juanito Juanito

    onlt if he accept 2 mill next season

  • SmartThinking

    No they don’t. He’s an unproven commodity right now. If he goes to OTA’s, competes and is healthy, then, maybe but at a revised, more Cowboy-friendly structured contract pinned to performance. Especially after taking almost all of last year off, Spencer’s got a lot to prove to this team or any other that he can play an entire season without injury.

  • Old Frog

    No hurry on this one. Wait until after the draft.

  • Scott.

    I would prefer them to wait until the Texans waive safety Daniel Manning for not taking a paycut. Sign the 31 yoa safety who has started 89 games in this league to a cap friendly deal if they can. I know most will say they’re trying to get younger, but in the secondary they need some experience. This pick will only make their two young safeties better.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    The real problem with anthony spencer is his knee after the injury… Never will be the same… Thats the questions for the Giants, the Redskins and da boys….He is an absolute outstanding DE before the knee injury….

  • PaulTX

    I think if he is still on the market after the draft, he gets an offer from the Cowboys. I’m actually pretty sure of it.

  • Ahmad

    You are incorrect, Mr. Author. Melton had 2 pro-bowl type seasons and a third decent season.