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Anthony Spencer: Should The Dallas Cowboys Sign Spencer Long-Term?

Monday signifies the deadline to franchise players.  While the Cowboys are unlikely to franchise any player their last franchised player still seeks a new contract.

was terrific this season.  When plagued starters , , and even , it was Spencer who assumed the role of leader and playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.

Spencer, in his new role, put up a stat line that looked like this: 95 tackles, 11 and two forced fumbles.

The question isn’t if he’s a good player, because he proved this season that he is.  The question that needs to be posed is, “is he worth investing big money in long-term?”

Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having Spencer on this team.  He’s tremendous against the run and is above average when rushing the passer.  However, he’s also been inconsistent in his career.  This year aside, statistic trends would tell you that Anthony Spencer is a 60 tackles and 5.5 sacks a year type player.

Am I really supposed to believe that he suddenly turned the corner?

The Cowboys are a cap-strapped team who don’t have any signs of relief over the next few years.  Without deals to their upcoming in 2014 and 2015 they are already committed to $110M in 2014 and $104M in 2015.  The cap in those years is projected to be about $125M and you will have to re-sign , Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, , and .

Is Spencer worth giving a substantial contract to and on getting to sign your young core players?

The answer is no.  Spencer is 29 years old; he’s had one season where he was very good.  Additionally, you don’t know how he will perform as a strong in the Tampa 2 .   There are a lot of variables when considering paying Spencer but the most important is that the Cowboys are already in trouble for paying older guys big contracts just to watch them decline.

I know many of you won’t agree but it’s my honest that resigning Spencer would be fiscally irresponsible.  The Cowboys need to plan for the future, they need to preserve the young talent they have and build a team around them.  Things are getting brighter from a financial point of view in the NFL and the Cowboys need to have the foresight to prepare their team accordingly.

Bo Martin
Bo Martin
Former Sports Writer. Veteran. Serving veterans is my passion. Johns Hopkins Student. Enjoy Discussing Politics and sports!

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I agree on one point – Spencer did play well in 2012 and it was by far and away an above average season for him. An argument could be made that he only produced as well as he did due to the injuries taking better players like Lee, Carter, Ware and Ratliff off the field.

I wouldn’t keep him for big bucks. Let him test the open market and find another team willing to invest so much in him.

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