IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys answered one of their final lingering questions of this offseason this afternoon.
Free agent defensive end Anthony Spencer re-signed with the Cowboys, according to his Dallas-based agent, Jordan Woy. Woy announced via Twitter that the 30-year-old Spencer reached a one-year deal with the team. Financial terms were not disclosed.
After being pegged with the franchise tag for the second consecutive year in 2013, Spencer played in only one game before undergoing microfracture surgery to repair articular cartilage damage in his left knee last October.
He has since started running. But it’s unclear whether he will be completely healthy by the time training camp starts this summer. The goal is for Spencer to be ready for the preseason that begins in August.
Shortly after the beginning of the free agency period in March, Spencer visited two of the Dallas Cowboys NFC East rivals, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. But he left without a contract in each instance.
All the while, the Cowboys kept Spencer in mind as he tested the market.
A 2007 first-round draft pick, Spencer is now the most-tenured member of the defensive line. He can provide some veteran leadership to a unit that recently bid adieu to two of its most productive players – DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher.
Spencer, a 2012 Pro Bowler who collected 11 sacks that year, has limited experience playing in the Dallas Cowboys 4-3 scheme that will be coordinated this season by Rod Marinelli.
Today, he was given another chance to make the transition to defensive end and an opportunity to relaunch his career.
Spence is the kinda player that will grab the bull by the horns this year. The question is– Will his body allow it?
Im glad about the one year deal. His chance to prove his worth, and the chance for us to have an established vet to lead these guys. Overall im optimistic.
Spencer’s been out for a long time. For the third time in his career, he’s playing for a contract. His head and heart will be in it, but I’m seriously worried his body may not be able. Time will tell. This is the best place for him, right now.