Saints sign Anthony Spencer

AP

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,

30 responses to “Saints sign Anthony Spencer

  1. Can’t be any worse than the DE’s they had last year. They barely touched qb’s.

  2. Rob Ryan is a very over rated defensive coordinator.

    He lives off the family name.

    Spencers best days are behind him.

  3. Spencer got better as the season progressed. He had numerous pressures on Stafford in the playoff game. This is a low risk, high reward signing.

  4. Oh cool! Now saints will only lose 12 of their games by 13 points instead of 14. Window is closed.

  5. Window is always open when you have a 1st ballot HOFer at QB on the roster….YES!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. “Spencer got better as the season progressed. He had numerous pressures on Stafford in the playoff game. This is a low risk, high reward signing.”

    How can you say it’s a low risk if you don’t know what he signed for?

  7. Jerry Jones should have Spencer thrown in prison for stealing money from the team the last couple years. Single him up on a RB in a wheel route and enjoy the TD pass.

  8. How can you say it’s a low risk if you don’t know what he signed for?
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    Its more than likely the vet minimum so its a no-brainer signing…….

  9. Pretty bad when the Cowboys don’t want you and the Saints pick you up and it’s considered “low risk, high reward”. It shows the sad state of affairs of which is the Saints D.

  10. I’m sorry to see him go. He was nicknamed “Almost Anthony.” He could never quite get to the QB, but would make him think about the hit. He proved he could come back from microfracture, which is cool. He wanted more money than we were willing to pay for a 32 y/o. Nothing wrong with either of those things.

  11. beerbudsnbevo says:
    Apr 10, 2015 1:24 PM

    Rob Ryan is a very over rated defensive coordinator.
    He lives off the family name.
    Spencers best days are behind him.
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    So you think Rob Ryan signed him ????
    NO ! It was Loomis and Peyton, the 2 guys who made ruins of your team by overpaying so many players to outrageous deals. Let’s consider what they are on the hook for Drew Brees who wouldn’t restructure or take a cut. They owe him $53 million over the next 2 years. Nice ! How about Jarius Byrd who they guaranteed $37 million between signing bonus and additional guaranteed salary. $54 mil over 6 years and he’s done nothing. I don’t care if he was hurt. Loomis should be fired along with Peyton. Time to start over from ground up. Your salary cap looks like something Al Davis would’ve done.

  12. Would be nice if people actually had facts when they post.

    Brees didn’t refuse a pay cut. Loomis said himself they weren’t looking a Brees’ contract, wasn’t necessary.

    Saints are almost $5M under the cap as we speak.

    Saints are projected to be under cap for 2016, even with Brees, Bryd and other contracts.

    You let the Saints worry about themselves. They KNOW what they are doing and their fans know it too!!

  13. A friend of mine used to say “you don’t know how you look till you get your picture took” in other words take a shot you have nothing to lose…

  14. greengoldandbold says:
    Apr 10, 2015 3:22 PM
    beerbudsnbevo says:
    Apr 10, 2015 1:24 PM

    Rob Ryan is a very over rated defensive coordinator.
    He lives off the family name.
    Spencers best days are behind him.
    =============================
    So you think Rob Ryan signed him ????
    NO ! It was Loomis and Peyton, the 2 guys who made ruins of your team by overpaying so many players to outrageous deals. Let’s consider what they are on the hook for Drew Brees who wouldn’t restructure or take a cut. They owe him $53 million over the next 2 years. Nice ! How about Jarius Byrd who they guaranteed $37 million between signing bonus and additional guaranteed salary. $54 mil over 6 years and he’s done nothing. I don’t care if he was hurt. Loomis should be fired along with Peyton. Time to start over from ground up. Your salary cap looks like something Al Davis would’ve done.

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    “Your team” “Your salary cap” ?

    I’m not a Saints fan

  15. Dallas should have resigned for a 2 year deal at $3 million per, with incentives built in. If he got more, good for him. The Cowboys paid a lot of money for really 1 good year. Now the draft looks like a DE and CB, unless Carr takes a cut. Cut Carr if he isn’t willing to take a 1/3 less than the $8 mil he is scheduled to make.

  16. @greengoldandbold

    soooo tired of people bringing up Brees’ salary.
    You know nothing of this world.

    Do you ever stop to think about the future much?
    If they restructure Brees’ salary and push money down the road don’t you think that they’ll be on the hook with more dead money down the line if/when they do decide to get rid of him?
    ..but please, grace us all with more pearls of your wisdom, oh wise one.

  17. The Saints are on the hook for a $27M and $26M cap hit the next 2 years for Brees. Ouch! Doesn’t leave the team many options to improve that porous defense.

    I’m still puzzled why they would let their best offensive weapon go for a center (albeit a pretty good one).

    It doesn’t take a wise man to figure out that the Saints are in need of a rebuild and that includes Peyton and the front office.

  18. It doesn’t take a wise man to figure out that the Saints are in need of a rebuild and that includes Peyton and the front office.
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    Talk about being uniformed.

    The Saints are not in a rebuild, not even close.

    And Payton and the front office you think needs a rebuild, let’s explore that, shall we.

    This is the same front office that:

    – Drafted a free agent that nobody wanted and said was washed up. That turned out to be Drew Brees, a future HOF first-ballot inductee and one of the Top 5 QBs in the league since 2006.

    – Drafted an unknown kid named Jimmy Graham and made him into one of the top 2 TEs in the league.

    – Built a team that won the SB for the first time ever.

    – Has had a Top 5 offense since 2006, that’s 9 years straight, no other team in the league can boast that accomplishment.

    – Signed undrafted and free agent’s that nobody else was interested in. I’m sure you’ve heard of a few such as Sproles, Colston, among others.

    If “that’s” the kind of coach and front office that needs a rebuild, then you don’t understand the definition of the word.

    And, as a footnote, Saints were a Top 5 offense well before Graham came on the scene, and they will be well after he has left the building. Graham DID NOT build this team – Loomis, Payton and Brees did!

    That is all…

  19. LOL @ all the dimwits parroting the sports media created nonsense (because at this point, if people haven’t figured out how unreliable sports media is nowadays, then those people deserve to be repeatedly lied to,) about supposed “cap hell.” Just because YOUR team doesn’t have a guy who can turn twenty million over the cap into ten million under it before finishing his morning coffee, none of you can fathom the fact that that’s exactly what Mickey Loomis does.

    PS- the team is nearly $15 million UNDER the lowest projected salary cap. They don’t want to restructure Brees contract because they straight up don’t have to. You knuckledraggers keep waiting for some supposed “cap hell” to take down the Saints. Trouble is, Saints don’t go to hell and St. Loomis performs miracles with accounting ledgers.

    /cue the inbred Lolanta numbskulls who think 2 + 2 = kat who’re just too delusional to accept that Loomis (who’s been doing this voodoo since 2009,) is a grandmaster of capology.

  20. ilovefoolsball says:
    Apr 10, 2015 4:16 PM
    @greengoldandbold

    soooo tired of people bringing up Brees’ salary.
    You know nothing of this world.
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    Maybe you have $5 mil under the cap now, but you need at least that amount to sign draft picks and then secondly, I would like to ask if your roster got any better this off season ?
    They couldn’t because the cap was stressed, they couldn’t sign any defensive FA help, and then they had to unload your wanna be wide receiver to Seattle so they could get under the cap.
    The Saints fans are gonna be Aints fans for awhile until they can rebuild that roster. Especially the Defense. Better find a QB and fast.

  21. @greengoldandbold:

    Well let’s see, we traded graham (a 3rd round pick) for a 1st round pick and a pro bowl center

    We traded Kenny stills (a WR found in the 5th round) for a 3rd round pick and a LB elllerbe

    We signed Brandon browner
    We signed CJ spiller
    We signed Anthony spencer (I think this is more of a leadership/teaching role as spencer knows Ryan’s system)

    Saints have 5 picks in the 1st 3 rounds of this years draft (9 picks overall)

    So yeah, I’d say yes the roster got better.

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