In todays "immediate gratification" mentality it makes sense to keep Spencer in the fold but the reality is... not so fast. Is Spencer a tier A free agent? I submit to you that he is not. Is he good? Absolutely but he is not great. He has the nickname "Almost Anthony" for a reason. For every year of his career here except for this one we as a fanbase have bemoaned how he can't help Ware rush the passer. So, in this, his contract year, we are supposed to believe that he has turned the corner and will now play lights out and earn his money on an ongoing basis? We haven't had the best of luck in that area recently. I'm sorry but I'm not "sucked" as Coach Parcells once said. More importantly, lets say that he does play lights out for the term of his contract. Is he the final piece to the Superbowl puzzle? Not even close. We still need dline, oline, and possibly safety, and to a lesser extent corner. How much does he add to our already overburdened contract situation? Even with everybody restructuring we still have to pay for a 1st rnd dlineman or olineman. No matter what, we will have to pay for the draft class coming in and thats expensive in the total. Does Spencer set the edge? Yes, probably as good or better than anyone else at his position but that's not enough to offset the marginal difference that a much lower paid player will make and the talent the we need at other positions. If he takes a great deal then this is all different but I don't think he will. He will take the money and run and I think that's the best thing for us in the short term and long.