The former Dallas Cowboys linebacker visited with the team a couple of weeks ago, but left without a deal. It is indeed an under-the-radar move by Sean Payton and company.
Anthony Spencer made the Pro Bowl in 2012 after racking up 95 combined tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles. It was by far his best season, and his defensive coordinator was none other than Rob Ryan.
Spencer was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cowboys out of Purdue, playing in his first 60 of 64 games. His production took off when Ryan joined the staff in 2011.
His performance hit a decline in 2013 due to a knee injury that required surgery, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season after Week 1. He returned to action in 2014, but would disappoint on the stat sheet, totaling just 23 tackles and half a sack in 13 games played.
At full health, the 31-year-old adds nice depth and a respectable veteran presence both on the field and in the locker room. Who knows? Maybe he can revamp his career back under Rob Ryan. Spencer is a solid pickup for the New Orleans Saints, and could wind up helping the defense tremendously.