Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Spencer's market next spring
By Tim Kavanagh
For the next 16 regular season games (and perhaps some playoff contests as well), Anthony Spencer is going to be wearing the star logo that you see at left on the side of his helmet. But after that, his future in the NFL is uncertain, as talks with the Cowboys on an extension beyond 2013 have ended, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. Who might be interested in signing him next offseason?
The short answer -- if he has another double-digit sack campaign -- is "just about everybody." The market for pass-rushers is looking a little thin right now, and if Spencer answers the bell effectively this season as a 4-3 DE (after 11.0 sacks as a 3-4 OLB in 2012), he'll appeal to many teams around the league, regardless of their defensive alignment. Looking over the projected 2014 cap figures calculated at spotrac.com, teams like the Raiders, Jaguars, Browns, Colts and Bears will have plenty of cap space to make a handsome offer to Spencer, as will the Redskins, a team that also has an owner who loves to spend big money on established veteran free agents (and who may elect to let Brian Orakpo hit free agency himself, depending upon how things go). Should be a fun time for Spencer, so long as he performs well on the field this upcoming season.