Spencer, who was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday and faces knee surgery in the near future, is set to be a free agent after the season. Spencer turns 30 in January and will be coming off a potentially difficult rehab if he chooses to have the microfracture surgery. Spencer’s agent, Jordan Woy, said a decision on what kind of surgery Spencer will have has not been determined.
If he checks out medically, however, Jones believes he would be a big part of the defense.
“He’s very accomplished, got great experience,” Jones said. “In a matter of speaking, just coming into his own and will be a great complement, if we can go that way, to (DeMarcus) Ware in the future.”
For being named the Cowboys’ franchise player for the second straight year, Spencer is making $10.6 million this season. Over the last two seasons he will make roughly $19.5 million.
Jones said he does not regret the decision to tag Spencer back in March.
“That’s just the life we’ve chosen, so I don’t in any way second guess the commitment we made to him because of the caliber of player he was,” Jones said. “We certainly would like to have those dollars, but I’d rather have Spencer than those dollars. I can’t look at it as the obvious. Anytime something doesn’t work out, I can’t look at it that way. On the other hand, I can tell if anybody was going to get the money under these circumstances, I’m glad it’s him. He’s worked hard. He’s that quality individual and that quality player.”