The Dallas Cowboys recently placed the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer and after accepting the tag today, Spencer is likely to spend at least this season with the Cowboys. The Cowboys now have their bookend defensive linemen with Spencer and DeMarcus Ware. Dallas’ defensive line is still searching for depth and there are reports the Cowboys will look towards a veteran player who has experience playing for Rod Marinelli.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, Chicago Bears free agent defensive lineman Israel Idonije would be a great pickup for the Cowboys.
“The Cowboys need big people to keep litter away from DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer,” King wrote. “Idonije is the perfect fit.”
Idonije would help the Cowboys defensive line for depth purposes and he does make sense since he’s familiar with the Tampa 2 since he’s played under Marinelli in Chicago. However, the Cowboys need to get younger on their defensive line and Idonije is 32-years old. Signing the veteran could also take away playing time from younger options like Tyrone Crawford, who deserves more playing time.
The Cowboys do have a need on their defensive line and could use the 7.5 sacks he gave the Bears last season but they are better off going in a younger direction. Drafting a defensive lineman would also make more financial sense since the Cowboys don’t have a ton of cap room to sign players in free agency and they should improve other areas of the team with what little money they have.
As good of a fit as Idonije might be for the Cowboys, let’s hope they pass on the veteran defensive end.
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