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Ravens waived DE Marcus Spears.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Mar 15 '13

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

Earlier on Friday afternoon, 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 he can hold his own against the run. He'll be a backup in Baltimore.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Mar 15 '13

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.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Mar 13 '13

Cowboys released DE Marcus Spears as a June 1 cut.

As expected. Spears had no guaranteed money left on his deal and has been underperforming for virtually his entire career. Since the Cowboys took him 20th overall in 2005, Spears has totaled 10 sacks and been an average run-stopper at best. Now 30 years old, we wouldn't expect a robust market.

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

Spears just signed a five-year deal with the Cowboys 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.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Jun 25 '12

Marcus Spears has moved back to the left defensive end spot.

Spears' move to the right side last season turned out to be a disaster. He posted a career-low in tackles (16) 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.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Sep 07 '11

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.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Aug 23 '11

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.

Marcus Spears DL BAL Jul 29 '11

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. 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.