CBS Sports Jason La Canfora is reporting that Dallas Cowboys free agent defensive end Anthony Spencer will visit the Washington Redskins on Thursday. The Cowboys converted to a 4-3 defense last year, but they did run a 3-4 defense before that, and Spencer has experience at outside linebacker but is coming off of microfracture surgery.
One would assume that Spencer would be considered for a backup spot at that position, as he’s not big enough to play defensive end in the 3-4. He could also be used as a situational pass rusher, and has 33.5 career sacks. There is a need to add depth at outside linebacker, as the Redskins Rob Jackson is also a free agent and may not return to the team.
It’s also reported that the Redskins are interested in talking to Cowboys free agent defensive tackle Jason Hatcher. And this makes more sense than their interest in Spencer, as Hatcher could fill a need at defensive end, and would provide the Redskins with a play maker at the position that they have lacked.
Redskins fans will remember how Hatcher dominated the interior offensive line of the Redskins in week six this past season on his way to 11 sacks on the year. However, Hatcher has visits scheduled with other teams first, and he may be off the market before the Redskins can meet with him.