The 2012 Pro Bowler missed much of last season due to microfracture surgery. Spencer is still recovering from this injury that will certainly cost him money in free agency.
NFL teams aren't going to throw big checks at a player still rehabbing from a fairly serious injury. Spencer's 11 sacks in 2012 is a distant memory for team executives. That's where the Cowboys come in.
Spencer knows the Dallas, and Dallas knows him. Owner Jerry Jones should start his cooing process on No. 93 now.
Jones' team is at the mercy of the NFL salary cap. Spencer is at the mercy of owners and general managers like Jones. The two would be wise to stick together and help one another for at least a few more seasons.
The Cowboys lost Jay Ratliff last season and could lose Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware this offseason. Defensive line has all of a sudden become Dallas' biggest personnel need.
Team Vice President Stephen Jones has already told Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News back in January that the Cowboys are open to bringing Spencer back this offseason.
The Cowboys have informed agent Jordan Woy that they want Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer to return in 2014; Will let market dictate offer— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) February 21, 2014
The Cowboys will likely offer Spencer a contract that might not be for the money he wants. What Dallas can offer though is the chance for Spencer to prove he is fully healed and back to his old form.
DallasCowboys.com writer Nick Eatman has stated the Cowboys are the team that will probably offer Spencer the most money this free agency.
Jones needs someone like Spencer to help anchor the defensive line, and he has seen what the former first-round pick can do.
Spencer might not appreciate being franchise tagged the last two seasons, but he isn't going to get money like that from other teams. Injuries scare franchises from taking out their check books.
The Cowboys are familiar with Spencer, and there's no doubt Jones will tell him how much he is needed in Valley Ranch. In all honesty, saying so isn't so much a sales pitch as it is the truth.
Dallas might not make sense for Spencer in a few seasons. Right now, it makes the most sense from a career standpoint for him to stay put. For Jones' team, it can't pass up the chance to re-sign a productive, familiar face who will come at a discount due to a recent injury—it can't this offseason, anyway.
The Cowboys and Spencer need each other because, honestly, neither have any better suitors to take them away from one another.