Anthony Spencer was the Dallas Cowboys best player last season, on either side of the ball. He finally played at the high level most Cowboys fans felt he was capable of, and reached double digit sacks for the first time in his career. They say timing is everything, and Spencer’s couldn’t have been any better.
Rainer Sabin of the dallasnews.com reports that according to Jerry Jones, the outside linebacker might be too expensive to keep.
“With what he’s likely to make,” Jones said, “we’re going to be able to take that and really help our team either with him or maybe with a couple of other players.”
According to Sabin, Jones said the Cowboys could keep Spencer but they “can’t have it all.”
I agree that the Cowboys could use the money on a couple of players, but if it weren’t for Jones overpaying other players like Doug Free or Jay Ratliff, who was over 30-years old when he gave him the contract extension, then the Cowboys would be able to afford Spencer. These are the types of mistakes that have held the Cowboys back for years, and it seems like the team is taking one step forward and two steps back in regards to who they give big contracts to.
Losing Spencer will hurt the Cowboys, but there are some positives to losing him. One is that he’s 29-years old, and whoever signs him will likely regret the last few years of the deal because of Spencer’s age. The other factor in losing Spencer that doesn’t kill the Cowboys is because they are moving to a 4-3 defensive front and not having two players, along with DeMarcus Ware, adjusting to new positions can work in the teams favor.
Still, losing a player with Spencer’s ability is going to hurt, and his play now would certainly outweigh the downside of his later years in any contract. The Cowboys need as many good players as they can find, and losing a really good player is never a good thing. Spencer played at a Pro Bowl level last year, and the Cowboys will miss his production.
It looks as though ‘Almost’ Anthony’s nickname will have a new meaning soon, as in the Cowboys ‘almost’ had the money to keep him. It appears Anthony Spencer’s days as a Dallas Cowboys are numbered.
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