Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Do Cowboys have map to Spencer deal?
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- With the Dallas Cowboys agreeing to terms with defensive tackle Henry Melton on a one-year deal with a three-year option, have they found a structure for a deal for defensive end Anthony Spencer?
According to a source, Melton can make up to $5 million this year. He is guaranteed $9 million if he is on the roster on the first day of the 2015 league year, which kicks in the final three years of the deal.
Spencer, who played in only one game last year and is coming back from microfracture surgery, has visited with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants.
Both players are represented by Jordan Woy.
A difference in age could play a difference in price and structure. Although he is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Melton is 27. Spencer is coming off a complicated surgery and turned 30 in January.
The Cowboys know Spencer’s medical situation best since he has been rehabbing with the club after undergoing the surgery last fall. In the past, they have had success with guys coming back from surgery (Al Johnson and Kevin Hardy).
Spencer made more than $19 million in 2012 and ’13 after the team used the franchise tag on him in both years.