Originally Posted by Future
I'd rather just resign Spencer than hope Avril can make the switch, especially coming off a contract year. But I like everything else, especially Rainey.
Avril is a calculated gamble. Let me ask you this: Imagine he was coming out this year, as a DE (We'll ignore the fact that he actually does have 3 years of collegiate linebacker experience) with the same measureables, would he or would he not be on your list as a potential draft-worthy OLB prospect for the Cowboys?
I'm going to guess that your answer is yes he would. And if that's the case, add on the fact that we now have proof he can play in the NFL. Proof he can rush the passer. Proof he can take advantage of playing next to quality NFL players and proof that he can be consistent in his production.
When you look at it that way, it may still be a gamble, but it's a lot less risky than it appears.
As far as the "it's a contract year" argument, his numbers were very similar to his numbers last year, and he played 3 less games. To me, these are signs he is improving, not a red flag.