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Spencer's Return Gives Cowboys Much-Needed Options Along Defensive Line

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    Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys after the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Told you about a month ago this could happen. And over the weekend it did:

    Anthony Spencer, still a Dallas Cowboy.

    The Cowboys that so desperately need help and depth along the defensive front found it right under their noses at Valley Ranch. Spencer, who sat out all but one game in 2013, signed a one-year deal to join Henry Melton, Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain along a rebuilt line now without DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher.

    And while Spencer’s return does give Dallas a proven pass-rusher on the edge, it doesn’t – or at least shouldn’t – deter them in any way from taking another lineman in next month’s NFL Draft.

    If healthy, Spencer will be Dallas’ best defensive lineman. But, remember, he’s returning from micro-fracture knee surgery. The Cowboys hope he will be healthy and ready in time for training camp. In his last full season – 2012 – he had 11 sacks and made the Pro Bowl.

    The Cowboys need help on defense and in re-signing Spencer, they get it with the luxury of a low-risk, high-reward deal.

    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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.