According to Jordan Woy, the agent for Cowboys impending free agents DT Jason Hatcher and DE Anthony Spencer, mentioned that the Cowboys have indicated that they would like to re-sign both players this offseason.
“They’ve indicated they want them both back,” Woy said, via ESPN Dallas. “So we’ll see how it goes.”
While the Cowboys may have “indicated” that they would like retain both players, it seems like there is almost no chance of them re-signing one, let along both of them in the coming months.
As things stand right now, Dallas is projected to be over the cap by close to $20 million. Hatcher, who is coming off of a Pro Bowl season, turns 32 in July and will view this as his last opportunity for a sizable contract, so they would have to come very close to a market-value contract to get this done.
Meanwhile, Spencer is coming off of a season-ending ACL surgery, so even though he is younger than Hatcher, there are obvious questions regarding his productivity moving forward.
The Cowboys would probably be better served allowing them to leave and collecting compensatory picks in 2015.
We have both players listed in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
The probability they both return to the only team they have known is slim for a number of reasons. The Cowboys must shed salary-cap space and could find it difficult to match any offer Hatcher receives from another team. Spencer played only 34 snaps in 2013 because of a knee injury that required microfracture surgery.