Spears was one of team's two first round selections in the 2005 draft (along with DeMarcus Ware), 20th overall. We were somewhat surprised at the tender offer given Spears--an original draft-pick level tender--coming off a season in which the LSU product posted 50 tackles and a career-high 2.5 sacks.
But, as a restricted free agent and a former first rounder, Spears's hands were more or less tied. He accepted the offer on Tuesday, and is set to make $1.226 million in 2010; this is a slight raise for Spears, but about a $500,000 less than his back-ups--Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen--will make, assuming they sign their tender offers.
Steve Octavien saw action in 14 games in 2009, and was fourth in special teams tackles with 12.