When Justin Tuck left as a free agent to sign a two-year, $11 million deal with the Oakland Raiders, the New York Giants quickly searched around the league for potential replacement options and it had seemed like they might be able to find one on the cheap.
This past Sunday, the Giants brought in former Dallas Cowboys free agent defensive end Anthony Spencer for a visit and it had looked like they could have signed him when they brought Spencer back for a second visit, which featured a physical, but the team let Spencer leave without a deal. Spencer was there the same day that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came back for his second visit, took a physical and then signed a five-year deal.
However because Spencer is recovering from microfracture surgery after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2013 that took him out after playing just one game, the Giants are likely to pass on signing Spencer because they were scared off from the injury he suffered and probably didn't like what they saw in the physical.
"On Thursday, offensive tackle Charles Brown visited the Giants and left without a deal. Defensive end Anthony Spencer did the same earlier in the week. It's still possible — although highly unlikely at this point — that a deal is reached with either player. The Giants have signed most of the players that have come for a visit. The former Cowboys defensive end's health has scared off the Giants, per a source. Spencer is not an option for the team at this time."
At one time, Spencer was considered to be one of the top defensive ends in the league who could also play outside linebacker; something that the Giants really could have benefited from, especially if he were signed cheap; a one-year veteran minimum deal would have likely been given to Spencer.
But even that was too much of a risk for the Giants to take and they are ending up passing on the former Cowboy. The Giants could still be waiting for the Atlanta Falcons to release Osi Umenyiora, which could lead to a reunion in 2014; something both sides are interested in if the Falcons release him if he does not take a pay cut.
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