Less means more for Spencer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Randy Spencer isn't a prototypical professional athlete.

Unlike so many football players, a true love for the team and city still mean something to the non-import defensive tackle.

For that reason, Spencer has signed a new contract with the Edmonton Eskimos instead of jumping to another team for higher money on the free agent market.

"Edmonton is home for me. It's a great team and I have great friends here," said Spencer.

"And I don't have to learn a new defence."

After making close to $40,000 for the last three years, Spencer received a raise in the one year, plus an option contract.

If he reaches the bonus clauses in the deal, he'll make almost $80,000 this year.

But given the speculation of competing teams being interested in signing Spencer if he had reached free agency today, the 30-year-old would have made more in other cities.

"Randy could have gotten a lot more money on the open market, but wanted to stay in Edmonton," said his agent Scott Mitchell.

And Danny Maciocia is thankful.

"I feel relieved," he said. "We wanted to retain the core of our front line and when he played last year, he played well."

Spencer led the Eskimos in sacks in 2004, but suffered through calf injuries last year, hurting his sack total and production.


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