Thursday, March 13, 2014
Spencer, Hatcher taking visits
By Calvin Watkins
As Day 3 of the free-agency period rolls along, two of the Cowboys' free agents were still on visits Thursday afternoon.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher spent his second day in Oakland with officials looking at the facility and quite possibly working on a deal. The Washington Redskins were awaiting Hatcher's arrival on Thursday and the Tennessee Titans were also waiting in the wings.
Hatcher's first visit was to the defending champion Seattle Seahawks as a possible replacement for Tony McDaniel. But McDaniel re-signed with the Seahawks, which allowed Hatcher to look for work elsewhere.
Defensive end Anthony Spencer, who is recovering from microfracture surgery, made a visit to Washington on Thursday. The key for Spencer is proving to NFL teams he'll recover in time to start the season. Spencer played in just one game in 2013, a Week 2 loss at Kansas City, and was quite productive in that contest.
The Cowboys have expressed interest in bringing Spencer back if it makes financial sense.
Yet, Spencer's health is a major concern for teams and to finalize any contract his physical will be scrutinized.
In a similar situation, the Raiders weren't happy with the shoulder exam of Rodger Saffold and scuttled their deal with him. But Saffold was able to return to his former team, the St. Louis Rams, and sign a five-year $31.7 million deal.
Backup center Phil Costa, who declined a pay cut from the Cowboys, has already visited Detroit and New England during the free-agency period.