Innumerable discussions have taken place since the end of the Cowboys 2013 campaign that they would need to do significant work on the defensive line in order to improve their odds of success in 2014, which stands to be a make or break season for the current coaching staff. It appears that the Cowboys brass has begun that process.
Reports out of the combine in Indianapolis are saying that preliminary discussions have taken place between members of the Cowboys organization and Jordan Woy, the agent who represents both 2013 Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and 2012 Pro-Bowler and 2012-2013 Cowboys franchise-tag-player Anthony Spencer. It is assumed that these discussions revolved around the Cowboys desire to keep both of Woy's clients in a Cowboys uniform, with an understanding that they will be somewhat restricted financially, even with reports of a higher than expected salary cap.
KD and I discussed the likelihood that they would have this desire and that there was at least a decent chance that they would be able to pull off the return of one or both, on this Wednesdays episode of Cowboys Crunchtime with KD. We both opined that we wouldn't be surprised to see both Hatcher and Spencer wearing the star again in '14. The 'Boys know they have to allocate resources (AKA draft picks) to Marinelli's group of rush men, but they have also shown a desire in recent years to go into the draft with as few true needs as possible, allowing them to choose more purely the weekend of the draft.
According to Woy, Spencer is likely to be limited through OTA's and mini-camps but should be 100% in time for the pre-season. Having a healthy Spencer and Jason Hatcher back in the fold for 2014 would dramatically increase Dallas' odds of putting together a formidable rotation of pass rushers, which we know gives Rod Marinelli's defense its best chance to be at least functional.