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Spencer signed

Agent: Cowboys re-sign Anthony Spencer

Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 26, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

Anthony Spencer
AP

One of the top remaining players in free agency has re-signed with the club for whom hes played his entire career.

The Cowboys have signed defensive end Anthony Spencer to a one-year deal, agent Jordan Woy said on Twitter on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Spencer had microfracture surgery on his left knee in October. According to ESPNs Adam Schefter, the Cowboys hope Spencer will be healthy when training camp starts. Spencer played in just one regular season game before the knee surgery, which ended his campaign.

The Cowboys first-round pick in 2007, Spencer has notched 363 tackles and 32.5 sacks in his NFL career. Two seasons ago, he recorded career-highs in tackles (95) and sacks (11).

Spencer (No. 67) was the highest-ranked unsigned player in PFTs Free Agent Hot 100. With Spencer now back with Dallas, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (No. 74) is the top unsigned player in PFTs rankings.
Desperado

This is another wait and see, I'm on the fence on this one right now. I can see good, and I can see bad. I wonder what they paid him?
Nightrider

His agent said he can earn as much as 3.5 mil, so it has incentives in this deal. He still really hasn't even shown he can transition to the 4-3.

Really don't know about this one, if he's not ready to go this is another waste of time and money.
LoneStar

The guy had one good year, his contract year, I think he's a waste of time. He interviewed with the Skins and Giants and they weren't interested.

Maybe he can be a leader and good rotational player?
Hawk

Spencer has always been a good run stopper, he just hasn't been the pass rusher we hoped he would be.
El Kabong

I can only think they signed him for some defensive leadership.
BluenSilver4evr

Gee, I thought we were making smart decisions this season. Now we are back to gambling on a guy who again may not last a game. Right now I think this is really a dumb decision.
Hawk

IRVING, Texas -- For Anthony Spencer, the question is not if he can return from microfracture surgery on his knee, but when.

Im not really thinking about a day, said Spencer, who signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Saturday. Im taking it day by day and hopefully Ill be back for training camp. I know its not going to be the [organized team activities] but camp is what Im shooting for.

The Cowboys are scheduled to fly to Oxnard, Calif., on July 22 with their first practice on July 23.

Spencer played in only one game last year, recording two tackles against the Kansas City Chiefs before requiring microfracture surgery on his left knee. He started lifting weights two weeks ago and is doing some light jogging at 65 percent of his body weight on an anti-gravity treadmill.

Its getting there, Spencer said. Ive probably got another month or so. When I had the surgery, they said it was a six- to eight-month recovery. Im in the five- to seven-month range now. I just need to continue to get it stronger and stronger.

Spencer has been rehabbing at the Cowboys Valley Ranch facility since having surgery. He said his comfort level with the coaches and training staff played a part in his decision to re-sign with the Cowboys.

They know me the best, he said. They know when I can push it and when I need some rest.

If healthy, Spencer should be the teams left defensive end in 2014. He had 12 sacks in 2012 as an outside linebacker and was in the process of making the transition to full-time defensive end last year. Considering how much time the Cowboys were in their nickel defense when they ran a 3-4 scheme, Spencer said it did not take him long to get adjusted to his hand on the ground.

He is one of four defensive linemen the Cowboys have signed in free agency, joining Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain.

I think it would be pretty important [to have some playing time in training camp] just being out for a year, Spencer said. It takes some time to get the footwork down and your hands ready and get everything coordinated again.

This is the third straight year Spencer has signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys. He received the franchise tag in 2012 and 13, earning $19.4 million. The one-year deal he signed this year could be worth as much as $3.5 million if he is on the active roster every week and hits all of his incentives. He did not receive a signing bonus and his base salary is $1.25 million.

The last few years I played it was probably better I had a one-year deal rather than having a long-term deal because its not guaranteed, Spencer said. In a lot of ways youre always on a one-year deal.

While the one-year contract is familiar territory, he is in the unfamiliar position of being the longest-tenured defensive player with the losses of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher in the offseason.

It is a big change. I was thinking about it today that I really dont know too many people in here, Spencer joked. Ive got to start getting to know them.

Spencer and the Cowboys are hoping he returns to form as a reliable run defender, solid pass-rusher and quality player.

I feel like Im a rookie again with something to prove, Spencer said. Im just trying to get stronger and hopefully be better than I was. Thats the goal.


Sorry but it sounds like bullsht to me
LoneStar

We got him real cheap, hell maybe its finally our year to have some luck.
Desperado

With the way the draft is going, this is starting to look like a genius of a move. IF HE CAN STILLPLAY?
Hawk

We need you we need you we need you, get off your *** and get out there.

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