As our roster gets deeper, we will eventually not need every draft pick to make immediate impact. Shaq, IMO, is Thomas Davis insurance and eventual replacement. He can be eased into the role. I'm fine with it either way.
We might can get another year of him depending on how the coaching carousel turns next offseason. I'm already used to the idea. Thank God we have a premier DC as our head coach. That takes away a lot of the anxiety about losing McDermott.