The New Orleans Saints continued to bolster their defense by signing longtime Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract.
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Spencer will reunite with defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who previously coached him with the Cowboys before being hired by the Saints in 2013.
Ryan is now on the hot seat after the Saints defense severely underachieved, but the 31-year-old linebacker will instantly boost the Saints’ pass rush as he came up with 11 sacks in 2012, which was his best season and enough to earn a Pro Bowl berth.
He had benefitted from playing across from outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware in his prime, but he stepped up in a bigger role after Ware began to decline.
Spencer has been rusty since suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2013, and his playing time was limited in 2014. However, his veteran experience will become valuable to the Saints as scheme familiarity will benefit him.
The financial details of Spencer’s contract are currently unknown, but the Saints likely signed him at a bargain since his last two seasons have been underwhelming.