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Marcus Spears | Defensive Lineman | #96

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 3/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 315
College: LSU
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (20) / DAL
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Free agent DL Marcus Spears has officially retired.
Spears never fully recovered from a 2013 knee injury, appearing in just five games with the Ravens last year before being waived. A 2005 first-round pick, Spears spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Cowboys as a five-technique defensive end and situational run stopper. Spears, 31, has signed with the SEC Network and will pursue a career in broadcasting. Sat, Apr 5, 2014 02:21:00 PM

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Ravens waived DL Marcus Spears.

Signed to a two-year, $3.55 million deal in March, Spears struggled with a knee injury and got outplayed by Brandon Williams. The 30-year-old run plugger finishes with 10 tackles and no sacks in five games.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:11:00 AM

Ravens agreed to terms with DE Marcus Spears, formerly of the Cowboys, on a two-year, $3.55 million contract.

Earlier Friday, the Ravens were said to have "serious" interest in Spears. They made the deal happen with the Cowboys' castoff. Spears, 30, has zero pass-rush ability, but can hold his own against the run. He'll be a backup in Baltimore.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 05:27:00 PM

The Ravens reportedly have "serious interest" in free agent DE Marcus Spears.

Spears, 30, has been a bust since Dallas selected him 20th overall in the 2005 draft, but he'd add a 6-foot-4, 315-pound presence at "five technique" in the Ravens' 3-4 defense. Spears would likely be a rotational end with Baltimore.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 02:45:00 PM

Cowboys released DE Marcus Spears as a June 1 cut.

As expected. Spears had no guaranteed money left on his deal, has been underperforming for virtually his entire career, and doesn't fit a 4-3. Since the Cowboys took him 20th overall in 2005, Spears has totaled 10 sacks and been an average run-stopper at best. Now 30, we wouldn't expect a robust market.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 05:37:00 PM

The Dallas Morning News says DE Marcus Spears' days with the Cowboys are "over."

Spears just signed a new five-year deal prior to the 2011 season, but he has been a bust since being a first-round pick way back in 2005. Turning 30 in March, Spears is due $2 million in 2013, but has no guaranteed money left on his deal. He played in 15 games in 2012, starting six, and recorded 25 tackles. Spears is decent against the run but has no pass rush ability.
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 12:41:00 PM

The Cowboys have moved Marcus Spears to back to left defensive end.

Spears' move to the right side last season turned out to be a disaster. He posted a career-low 16 tackles while managing just one sack. "It's like telling a right-handed shooter to shoot left-handed. It was completely different." When comfortable, Spears is at least serviceable as a run-stuffer.
Mon, Jun 25, 2012 10:14:00 AM

Cowboys DE Marcus Spears (groin) returned to practice on Wednesday.

Spears strained his groin on August 22, missing the Cowboys' final few exhibition games. He's tentatively expected to start against the Jets Sunday. Shonn Greene remains a quality RB2 start in non-PPR leagues. Spears probably won't be in the best of shape, and Dallas' run defense sputtered in preseason.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 01:21:00 PM

Cowboys DE Marcus Spears is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a strained groin.

Spears is frustrated that the injury will take away from his progress learning DC Rob Ryan's defense, but he expects to be back for the season opener. The Cowboys have plenty of depth with Igor Olshansky and Jason Hatcher as rotational ends.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 07:26:00 PM

Cowboys agreed to terms with DE Marcus Spears on a five-year, $19.2 million contract.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, this leaves less money in the fold for a Nnamdi Asomugha run. We'd bet pretty heavily that Aso goes to the Jets. The Spears move is a serious head scratcher, reeking of desperation. He's generated no free agency buzz all offseason, and the Cowboys appear likely to lose Jason Hatcher in addition to new Redskins DE Stephen Bowen. Spears figures to return as Dallas' starter opposite Igor Olshansky. Neither is a playmaker, and NT Jay Ratliff showed up to camp at a lightweight 285 pounds on Friday.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 04:06:00 PM

The Cowboys will not attempt to re-sign free agent DE Marcus Spears or free agent SS Gerald Sensabaugh.

The Cowboys gave Spears less money than "backups" Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher last year, and he landed on injured reserve with a strained (probably torn) calf muscle in November. They'll be more interested in bringing back Bowen and Hatcher. Sensabaugh will also hit the open market. According to ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys are looking for a replacement in the draft.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Feb 28, 2011 03:20:00 PM

Cowboys placed DE Marcus Spears on injured reserve with a strained calf, ending his season.

Spears probably would be healthy enough to play sometime next month, but the Cowboys couldn't afford to have him taking up a roster spot with Jason Hatcher (groin) and Sean Lissemore (ankle) also nursing injuries. Stephen Bowen is expected to take Spears' place in the starting lineup. The 20th overall pick in the 2005 draft, Spears is headed for free agency in 2011.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 11:54:00 AM

The Cowboys are considering placing DE Marcus Spears and KR Akwasi Owusu-Ansah on injured reserve.

Spears will be sidelined at least a month with a calf injury, and Owusu-Ansah is dealing with a high ankle sprain. The Cowboys could use the roster space, as they're currently down three defensive linemen. Former Giant defensive end Jeremy Clark has been brought in for depth.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 10:46:00 AM

Cowboys DE Marcus Spears will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained left calf.

Spears suffered the injury in the debacle against the Packers. The Cowboys are getting really thin on the defensive line with Jason Hatcher (groin) and Sean Lissemore (ankle) also nursing injuries. They're expected to bring in one or two linemen this week to provide depth.
Tue, Nov 9, 2010 12:01:00 PM

Cowboys DE Marcus Spears will undergo an MRI on his left calf Monday.

Spears was knocked out of Sunday's game in the third quarter and was unable to return. We'll know more about his status once the results of the MRI are in.
Mon, Nov 8, 2010 10:54:00 AM

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10Karl Klug
11Michael Buchanan
12Darryl Tapp
13Howard Jones
14Chris Clemons
15Cory Redding
16Kendall Langford
17Ropati Pitoitua
18Jaye Howard
19DeAngelo Tyson
20Quinton Coples
21Johnny Maxey
22Lawrence Sidbury
23Kenton Adeyemi
24Dylan Wynn
25Fili Moala
26Joe Kruger
27Kenny Horsley
28Emmanuel Dieke
29Josh Boyd
30Justin Trattou
31David Moala
32Ed Stinson
33Ryan Davis
34Keith Browner
35Scott Crichton
36Phillip Hunt
37Henry Melton
38Vaughn Martin
39George Uko
40Ryan Russell
41Ray Drew
42B.J. McBryde
43Mehdi Abdesmad
44Max Valles
45B.J. Larsen
46Dan Pettinato
47Ishaq Williams
DT1Tyson Jackson
2Doug Worthington
3Ken Bishop
4Dwan Edwards
5Paul Soliai
6Desmond Bryant
7Markus Kuhn
8Colin Cole
9Glenn Foster
10Kenrick Ellis
11Jerel Worthy
12Ryan Carrethers
13Brandon Bair
14Mike Martin
15Taniela Tupou
16Alan Branch
17Khyri Thornton
18Lawrence Virgil
19Charles Walker
20Caushaud Lyons
21Eric Crume
22Jason Jones
23Sen'Derrick Marks
24Ego Ferguson
25Bobby Richardson
26Martin Ifedi
NT1Josh Chapman
2Jeremiah Ratliff
3Brodrick Bunkley
4Letroy Guion
5Dan Williams
6Louis Trinca-Pasat
7Terry Williams
8Devaunte Sigler
9Travian Robertson
10Iosia Iosia
11DeAngelo Brown
12Sione Fua
13T.J. Barnes
14Jacobbi McDaniel
15Roy Miller
16Roy Philon
17C.J. Wilson
18Montori Hughes
19Ricky Lumpkin
20Jerrell Powe
21William Campbell
22Matt Conrath
23Cam Thomas
24Jasper Coleman
25Chunky Clements
26Alameda Ta'amu
27Christo Bilukidi
28Mike Purcell
29Chigbo Anunoby
30Mike Thornton
31Delvon Simmons
32Cameron Botticelli
33Chuka Ndulue
34Josh Watson
35David Carter
36Tevita Finau
37Kyle Rose
38Demetris Anderson
39Chris Neild
40Josh Augusta
41Isaako Aaitui
42Christian Tupou
43Luther Robinson
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2Dewey McDonald
3Rey Maualuga
4Uani' Unga
5Kenneth Olugbode
6James Laurinaitis
7Jason Williams
8Allen Bradford
9Arthur Brown
10Nick Moody
11Deontae Skinner
12Henry Coley
13Marshall McFadden
14Nate Boyer
15Shayne Skov
16Max Bullough
17Justin Durant
18Jerry Franklin
19Sae Tautu
20Andrew Hudson
21Montese Overton
22Brandon Chubb
23Kache Palacio
24Jacob Lindsey
25Jack Lynn
26Terrance Plummer
27Tony Steward
28Anthony Harrell
29Darnell Sankey
30John Lotulelei
31Sam Barrington
32Chris Young
33Donnie Baggs
34Steven Daniels
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2Chris White
3Larry Dean
4James-Michael Johnson
5A.J. Hawk
6Keith Rivers
7Eric Pinkins
8Brandon Watts
9Bo Lokombo
10Darreon Herring
11Troy Davis
12C.J. Johnson
13Darien Harris
14Justin Horton
15Don Cherry
16Austin Calitro
17Dillon Lee
18Raphael Kirby
19Justin Anderson
20Matthew Wells
21Alex Singleton
22Jerrell Harris
23Darius Eubanks
24Travis Long
25Marquis Spruill
26Torrey Green
27Adam Bighill
28Donavin Newsom
29Nick Usher
30Lucas Wacha
31James Davidson
32Courtland Clavette
33Jared Koster
34Tyler Gray
35Abner Logan
36Connor Harris
37D.J. Lynch
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2Victor Butler
3Ashlee Palmer
4James Gaines
5Michael Mauti
6Josh Perry
7Jake Ganus
8Jo-Lonn Dunbar
9Quentin Groves
10Shea McClellin
11J.T. Thomas
12Danny Lansanah
13Josh McNary
14Zeek Bigger
15Mike Moore
16Cap Capi
17Tyler Starr
18Mike Mohamed
19Myke Tavarres
20Ronald Powell
21Lamar Louis
22Travis Feeney
23Jimmie Gilbert
24Darius English
25Ladell Fleming
26Jared Barber
27Justin Jackson
28Keshaun Malone
29Xzavier Dickson
30Markus Pierce-Brewster
31Josh Kaddu
32Travis Lewis
33Bjoern Werner
34Mister Alexander
35Matt Robinson
36Jayson DiManche
37Gionni Paul
38Ka'Lial Glaud
39Antonio Longino
40Ivan McLennan
41Cameron Lawrence
ILB1Jerrell Freeman
2D'Qwell Jackson
3Curtis Lofton
4Nate Irving
5Daryl Washington
6Erin Henderson
7Glenn Carson
8Cory James
9David Talley
10Josh Mauga
11David Hawthorne
12Kenny Demens
13Brad Jones
14Spencer Paysinger
15Zaviar Gooden
16Neiron Ball
17Jamari Lattimore
18Jeff Luc
19Quentin Gause
20Sio Moore
21Justin Tuggle
22Taiwan Jones
23Frank Shannon
24Kaelin Burnett
25Kevin Reddick
26Reggie Northrup
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2Willie Young
3Jarvis Jones
4Tony Washington
5Randell Johnson
6Tamba Hali
7Gerald Rivers
8Jonathan Newsome
9Dezman Moses
10Jason Neill
11IK Enemkpali
12Dan Skuta
13Justin Staples
14Sage Harold
15Diaheem Watkins
16Corey Lemonier
17Jarius Wynn
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2Tracy Porter
3Leodis McKelvin
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5Antonio Cromartie
6Keenan Lewis
7Jeremy Lane
8Ron Brooks
9Brandon Flowers
10Chris Houston
11Tim Jennings
12Cortland Finnegan
13Nolan Carroll
14Cortez Allen
15Darrelle Revis
16Mohammed Seisay
17Cariel Brooks
18Trey Caldwell
19Bill Bentley
20Delvin Breaux
21Justin Gilbert
22Adam Jones
23Brandon Dixon
24Bradley Fletcher
25Zackary Bowman
26Alfonzo Dennard
27R.J. Stanford
28Kenneth Acker
29Kayvon Webster
30Alan Ball
31Brandon Boykin
32Lardarius Webb
33Chris Cook
34Ri'Shard Anderson
35Kyle Arrington
36Darrin Walls
37Isaiah Frey
38Antwon Blake
39Dwayne Gratz
40Dax Swanson
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42Darren Woodard
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6Channing Stribling
7Winston Guy
8Josh Furman
9Bacarri Rambo
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13Kenny Phillips
14Pierre Warren
15Daimion Stafford
16Ed Reynolds
17Christian Bryant
18Lonnie Ballentine
19Marcus Ball
20Ross Madison
21Wes Miller
22Harold Jones-Quartey
23Tyrequek Zimmerman
24Ironhead Gallon
25Daniel Henry
26Denzel Johnson
27Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith
28Rahim Moore
29D.J. Campbell
30Jean Fanor
31Khalid Wooten
32Ross Weaver
33Gerod Holliman
34Jordan Lomax
35Alex Gray
36Robenson Therezie
37Nate Ness
38Malcolm Bronson
39Stevie Brown
40Durell Eskridge
41Marcus McWilson
42Lee Hightower
43Josh Evans
44Desmond Cooper
45Ras-I Dowling
46Landon Feichter
47Anthony Walters
48Aaron Taylor
49Justin Cox
50Chris Hackett
51Brandan Bishop
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3Aaron Williams
4Will Blackmon
5Brandon Browner
6Jimmy Wilson
7Duke Ihenacho
8J.J. Wilcox
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11Taylor Mays
12Duke Williams
13Phillip Thomas
14Brian Randolph
15Demarkus Perkins
16Lamarcus Brutus
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18Dante Barnett
19Jarrod Harper
20Josh Aubrey
21Robert Lester
22Otha Foster
23Akeem Davis
24Kimario McFadden
25Brandian Ross
26Shiloh Keo
27Robert Smith
28Ray Vinopal
29Justin Halley
30Dexter McCoil
31K.J. Dillon
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34Joe Powell
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36Ryan Murphy
37Terrish Webb
38Jemea Thomas
39Omar Bolden
40B.J. Lowery
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43Jordan Kovacs
44Rickey Jefferson
45Deron Washington
46Anthony Jefferson
47Brian Blechen
48Jadar Johnson
49A.J. Stamps
50Erick Dargan
51Brandon Person
52Corey White
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54Cedric Thompson
55Michael Caputo
56Brian Suite
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58Anthony Cioffi
59Shak Randolph
60Malik Smith
61Jordan Sullen
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11Kyle Christy
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