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Packers Face Deadline for Fifth-Year Option on OL Derek Sherrod

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Packers Face Deadline for Fifth-Year Option on OL Derek Sherrod

Friday represents the final day the Green Bay Packers can exercise their fifth year-option on 2011 first round draft choice Derek Sherrod.

As part of the NFL's most recent collective bargaining agreement from 2011 that significantly capped the money that could be spent on rookies entering the league, a concession was made on first round picks.

All contracts for players drafted into the NFL are four-year deals subject to a rookie wage scale with only bonuses left open to negotiation.

For first round picks, all teams have the option of exercising a fifth year that must be executed prior to May 3 entering their fourth year.

A formula exists for players selected with the 11th through 32nd picks, where Sherrod was selected (32nd overall), that would pay them the average of the salaries paid to the player ranked third through 25th at their respective position.

After suffering a dibilitating injury in which he fractured both his tibia and fibula in December of 2011, the Packers are not expected to exercise such an option on Sherrod.

Sherrod spent the entire 2012 season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) and finally made a comeback midway through last season, seeing action in seven games, primarily on special teams.

If the Packers do not exercise the fifth-year option, Sherrod he will become a free agent following the 2014 season. The offensive lineman out of Mississippi State would appear to be entering a make-it or break-it season that will help to determine his future.

Finding playing time will not come easy as Sherrod will find competition at both tackle positions between the likes of David Bakhtiari on the left side and Bryan Bulaga on the right.

Photo: Packers offensive lineman Derek Sherrod by Brian Carriveau.

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L's picture

I'm sure a big part as to why the Packers would or would not exercise that 5th year option depends on the cost. As a former 1st rounder I'm sure that 5th year option isn't a cheap one in relationship to what he's proven on the field thus far - not much; hopefully, he demonstrates that he's a more than capable player this year and the Packer resign him to either be a starter or a quality back-up option at both Tackle positions in the coming years at a more appropriate expense.

Jordan's picture

The 2015 club option for a 2011 offensive lineman picked 11-32 is $7.438 million. It's a no brainer. They'll decline it.

L's picture

At that cost - Indeed.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

This draft has a lot of tackle prospects. Don't be surprised if TT takes one in the 3rd or 4th round.

The TKstinator's picture

Sherrod will determine his future $ and roster status with the way he performs this year. It's a business.

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