How Does The Spencer Signing Affect The Cowboys Draft Strategy?

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Sep 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) on the bench during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

With the signing of defensive end Anthony Spencer on Saturday, the Dallas Cowboys helped aid the position most believed to be the teams weakest. With the NFL Draft  less than two weeks away, how does the signing of Spencer affect the Cowboys draft strategy going forward. The answer is probably not very much.

First, we have to remember this is a one-year “prove-it” deal on a 30-year old player coming off the dreaded microfracture surgery. It’s anyone’s guess how the seven-year veteran will play after having this procedure. And that’s the main reason Spencer re-signed in Dallas instead of going elsewhere. The other teams were scared. And with good reason.

In the recent past, microfracture surgery meant the end was near for a athlete’s career. Although doctors know more about treating the procedure, every case is different. It really depends on the extent of the injury, how large the lesions in the cartilage are, and on the athlete themselves. But so far, it appear Spencer rehabilitation is on track.

Outside of Spencer on the depth chart, you have journeyman George Selvie, free agent signee Jeremy Mincey, the injured Tyrone Crawford and the misplaced Kyle Wilber.

Selvie, who just underwent shoulder surgery, was a major find in 2013. Signed off the streets during training camp last year, Selvie recorded 45 tackles and 7.0 sacks as a starter. But Selvie’s contract expires after 2014.

Mincey was signed earlier this offseason to provide depth at the defensive end. Before his short stint with the Denver Broncos last season, Mincey played six season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His best year was in 2011 when he recorded 57 tackles and 8.0 sacks. But disciplinary issues and a lack of concentration got him ousted out of Jacksonville. And those are definite red flags to watch for in Dallas.

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