Saints Sign Linebacker
Saints have signed LB Anthony Spencer to a one-year deal. The Saints previously hosted Spencer for a visit. He is a longtime Cowboy standout who has had injury problems the last two season. Spencer is 31 which means he would be in the short-term plans for the Saints. He did however have his best years as a Cowboy under Rob Ryan. Spencer had the best season of his career under Rob Ryan in 2012. Spencer (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) was a Pro Bowler that year.
Last season, he only played in one game because of a knee injury that required microfracture surgery, and he gradually worked his way back last year and played better as he got healthier late in the year.
He plays both end in 4-3 fronts and outside linebacker in 3-4 fronts. Spencer will add depth as a pass rusher and a versatile edge player in Ryan’s defense, which mixes and matches between 4-3 and 3-4 fronts. This will be especially important if Junior Galette missses any time.
Anthony Spencer one-year Saints deal: $950,000, $870,000 salary ($150K of it gtd), $80,000 signing bonus, cap is $665K min. salary benefit
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) April 14, 2015
Spencer's best seasons came in Rob Ryan's system.
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) April 10, 2015
If Galette misses time….Spencer would plug in accordingly. Assuming his health holds up. Knee concerns. Definitely risk/reward
— John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) April 10, 2015
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 10, 2015
At this stage A. Spencer is a tough run defender, flash pass rusher and rangy. Rent player. Injuries are a concern https://t.co/Y6xamFskhu
— Michael Detillier (@MikeDetillier) April 11, 2015