Marcus Spears: Still Worthy of Starting for Dallas Cowboys?

May 25, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It is no secret that the Cowboys shopped defensive end Marcus Spears during the draft.  It is likely that Spears garnered some interest, but not enough for Dallas to give him up. (They reportedly wanted a third-rounder or better.)
But should the Cowboys have pulled the trigger on Spears, a restricted free agent who will almost certainly be out of Dallas in 2011? 
After all, Spears may not even start this season.  He recently acknowledged such, claiming he knows he will have to fight for his job in training camp .
In our 2009 defensive line grades , Spears (80.2 percent), Jason Hatcher (80.2 percent), and Stephen Bowen (79.8 percent) all checked in with basically the same grade. Their statistics are listed to the left.
Notice that no player was dominant (or terrible) in 2009.  Olshansky was clearly the team’s best run defender (at defensive end), but the best pass-rusher is debatable.  Bowen led the ‘B...

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