Packers Reportedly Not Expected To Pick Up Perry's Option

The Packers are facing a Sunday deadline for the 2016 option on Perry's contract. 

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The Green Bay Packers are expected to decline the fifth-year option on former first-round pick Nick Perry's contract.

However, they have the rest of the week before they have to make anything official.

The deadline to exercise 2016 options is Sunday.

The option year would cost the Packers $7.75 million to keep Perry under contract for 2016, and it would be guaranteed for injury immediately. Without it, Perry, the 28th overall pick in 2012, would become a free agent after this season.

I would personally be shocked if the Packers did anything but let Perry play out this year as a contract year and see if he can build on a solid 2014. Perry finished the 2014 regular season with 3 sacks (he added another in the playoffs) and 1 forced fumble. He was a component in Dom Capers' "NASCAR" package that featured four pass rushers up front on passing downs. He also improved his play against the run this past year over what he'd put on tape previously in his career. 

If the Packers were to let him walk next offseason they would be in line for a compensatory draft pick, depending on what kind of contract he ended up signing and how much playing time he ended up seeing for another club. 

Every first-round pick taken after the new Collective Barganing Agreement was signed in 2010 signs a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth year.

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Tarynfor12's picture

April 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

Before he was drafted and every moment since,I have stood by and exclaimed Perry to be a reach pick and one who would never be the OLB compliment that Matthews needed or the Packers were looking to get.

Even with discounting the injuries that befell him,his play on the field never came close to any level of consistency,whether as a starter or the rotation/situation role of late.

Yes,he had a couple of games that gave renewed but short live vigor in the belief of him by those leading the bandwagon,but reality has prevailed and his 5th year option,likely to be ignored,is just.

Whether or not the Packers pursue him as a FA after this season,depending on his play,is another avenue that may be looked at,but at least the inane and blind belief of expectations to date has been led to the exit door. :)

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ray nichkee's picture

April 27, 2015 at 11:30 am

Perry has not proved he is worth almost 8 mil. For the packers sake i hope he puts it all together. I believe he was a small DE in college so there is some learning to do at OLB. I cant help but think playing with matthews on the field makes it a bit easier. Now is the time for him to shine or send him to minnesota.

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lou's picture

April 27, 2015 at 07:03 pm

Joe Whitt has done a Hurculean job with UDFA corners (Shields & Williams) and those drafted in the later rounds (House & Hyde) but the LB coaches have not been able to do the same with higher draft picks. Part of the problem is that both Perry & Neal played with their hands down and it has been hard to transform them. On the other hand a super talent like Peepers made the switch using that talent and years of experience. It’s time to draft outside LB’s that have played that spot in college, same with those UDFA’s and logically you could expect better results. Physically Perry especially and Neal to some degree were in the top rungs of the combine stats, you have to wonder why the "Assistant Head Coach" can’t get more out of them, why don’t the reporters ask this question ?

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

April 28, 2015 at 08:33 am

There's are only like 12 college teams running a 3-4 D. Good luck with that.

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lou's picture

April 28, 2015 at 10:31 am

Outside linebackers in a 4-3 don't play with their hand on the ground do they ?

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J0hn Denver's Gavel's picture

April 28, 2015 at 02:05 pm

Nope. Typically 3-4 OLBs don't either.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 28, 2015 at 01:37 am

Andrew Brandt, GB's Vice President and chief negotiator of player contracts (1999 to 2008), would arguably disagree with that decision. He thinks teams should pick up the 5th year option of almost all 1st round picks:

"In the risk/reward analysis that all teams do on contract decisions, the balance tilts to exercising the option. In my opinion, the reward of having the player under contract, even at a relatively high one-year rate, outweighs the minimal risk of having to pay the player for a potential career-ending injury. The risk of serious injury is small; the reward of contract control is potentially significant. In fact, the only way I would not apply the option for 2014 is if the player has a tenuous future for 2014, let alone 2015. The risk of serious injury is small; the reward of contract control is potentially significant."

If GB exercises the option, it is only guaranteed for injury incurred in 2015 that last through 2016 - essentially very serious or career ending injuries, which Brandt deems very rare. If GB picks up the option, it can release Perry at the end of the season or at any time prior to the start of the league year (March of 2016) and owe nothing.

I note that NY picked up the option on Quinton Coples, an OLB whose play has been disappointing.

Here is a link to Brandt's article:
http://mmqb.si.com/2014/05/02/nfl-2011-draft-fifth-year-option/

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jyros's picture

April 28, 2015 at 07:25 pm

I agree w/ AB's theory. The $7M in todays' market is worth it if you have the cap room. Hopefully Nic will show more than flashes of what was anticipated when drafted what with the 2nd year of play w/ JP.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

April 29, 2015 at 02:12 am

I was just playing devil's advocate. Looks like GB hasn't picked up Perry's option. I can't really disagree with such a decision since there is some risk, and Perry has been injury prone.

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stockholder's picture

April 28, 2015 at 04:37 pm

Play your heart out and get more money like all the other ex-packers. There is always a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. They had their chance.

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