The Saints hosted defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer on a visit a couple of weeks ago, but there was no immediate agreement on a deal for Spencer to join the club for the 2015 season.
The sides kept talking, though, and the Saints announced Friday that they have signed Spencer to a one-year deal.
Spencer will be reunited with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in New Orleans. Spencer turned in two good years during the two seasons Ryan ran the defense in Dallas. In 2011 and 2012, Spencer played in 30 games and recorded 17 sacks and six forced fumbles and earned the franchise tag from the Cowboys before both the 2012 and 2013 seasons as a result.
Spencer wound up playing just one game in 2013 before having microfracture surgery on his knee, however, and he wasn’t nearly as effective in 13 appearances for the Cowboys last season. The Saints are obviously hoping that the return to Ryan’s scheme and more time away from the surgery will lead to better results in 2015,