Spears' Apparent Return Excites Defense
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO -
News broke midway through Friday's afternoon practice that defensive end Marcus Spears had reportedly agreed to a new five-year, $19.2 million contract with the Cowboys.
Afterward, Spears' closest teammates were happy to hear the five-year starter would be joining them in San Antonio soon. "You've got to have those big, fast guys that can hold up, that can two-gap, can do those things. Sort of those non-selfish guys," outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "I always give credit to guys like Jay (Ratliff), Igor (Olshansky). That's the reason I make plays because I'm getting one-on-ones and they're taking those double teams. "I'm glad we have Marcus Spears back."
Spears is glad to be back. Although the Cowboys haven't announced the move, the sixth-year veteran tweeted Friday afternoon, "I'm home D town. (T)hanks for all the fans who wanted me to stay and the ones who didn't!! God always has a plan and he knew this was home!" The Cowboys needed him back home. Three of their top four defensive ends - Spears, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher - became free agents on Tuesday. Bowen and the Redskins agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Thursday, and Hatcher could get away, too.
Spears has been a fixture on the defensive line since Bill Parcells drafted him 20th overall in 2005 to facilitate the switch to a 3-4 scheme...
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