Titans re-sign Chris Spencer to one-year contract

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Chris Spencer will remain in Tennessee.

Spencer, a free agent offensive lineman who played last year for the Titans, re-signed today. The team announced that Spencer’s contract is for one year.

The 32-year-old Spencer was a first-round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2005. He played six seasons in Seattle and then two more seasons in Chicago before heading to Tennessee last year.

Spencer can play both center and guard. Last year he played in all 16 games for the Titans and got one start.

The Titans like what they have in the middle of the line with center Brian Schwenke and guards Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack, but they have been looking for some depth in the interior of the offensive line: They were also interested in Mike McGlynn before he signed in Washington, and they visited with Garrett Reynolds, Uche Nwaneri and Eric Olsen.

2 responses to “Titans re-sign Chris Spencer to one-year contract

  1. Is it just me or are 1-year NFL contracts more common than ever these days?

  2. For marginal vets like Spencer yes.

    The way the new CBA was designed was to squeeze rookies and aging vets while spreading more money to the league middle class. The idea was to reward the players who deserve it most by matching their prime output years to their earning potential while safeguarding owners from getting stuck paying huge rookie contracts out to early round draft picks that never pan out and aging vets past their prime players signed to guaranteed long term deals.

    The idea was to have a more equitable way to fairly distribute money to players who most deserve it. Whether the CBA in fact achieves its goals for the players has yet to be thoroughly assessed and determined yet (in some ways it’s more equitable to players that have proven themselves, in other ways it’s not since a lot of that extra money owners are supposed to use to sign the middle class type players is getting absorbed into extra money for the elite superstars that sign lucrative mega contracts) but for sure it’s given some great leverage to the owners.

    But yeah, past their prime players like Spencer who were never that good don’t have any leverage anymore and are lucky to sign one year deals since the new CBA makes them super expendable when they’re now really easy to replace with super cheap draftees locked into their rookie contracts. Spencer’s lucky that he plays a position that requires a rookie some time to develop so he’ll be able to hang on close to the vet minimum until the team has a serviceable replacement in the wings.

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