Jay Ratliff? Gone.
Jason Hatcher? Gone.
DeMarcus Ware? Gone.
Anthony Spence? Going … but not officially gone.
With three-fourths of last season’s projected front four playing in different NFL cities in 2014, the Cowboys are holding out a hope – albeit slim – that Spencer re-signs with them.
“We think the world of Anthony,” Cowboys’ vice president Stephen Jones told reporters at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando on Monday. “Hopefully he’ll get where he needs to be. I’d like to hope he’d get healthy and play for us.”
Spencer was a difference-maker in 2012 with 11 sacks, but last season played only game before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.
Now a free agent, he recently visited the Redskins but at this point is still working out with the Cowboys at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys currently don’t have a defensive end opposite George Selvie, and are still weighing their options on Spencer and veteran Jared Allen, who likely is out of their price range.
One thing in the Cowboys’ favor: Spencer’s agent is Jordan Woy, the long-time Dallas-based lawyer who has a great relationship with Dallas and who last week helped one of his clients – Henry Melton – sign with the Cowboys.
With his health still making a training camp return iffy, the chances that Spencer returns to the Cowboys are getting more likely by the day.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.