The New Orleans Saints have signed linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer to a one year deal, general manager Mickey Loomis announced today.

Spencer, 31, sustained a career threatening knee injury that kept him out of all but one game in 2013 after undergoing microfracture surgery.

He returned in 2014 playing 13 games, but finishing with only 0.5 sacks.

Perhaps Spencer's best season came in 2012, when he was selected to the Pro Bowl after accumulating career-highs in both sacks (11) and tackles (106).

The defensive coordinator in Dallas that season was Rob Ryan, current defensive coordinator New Orleans Saints.

Spencer has spent his entire 8 year career with the Cowboys after Dallas selected him 26th overall in the first round out of Purdue.

He has played both outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, as well as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme.