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Packers decline fifth-year option on Sherrod

May 3, 2014
 
Derek Sherrod was one of eight eligible first-round picks from the 2011 NFL draft who didnít have their option exercised by Saturdayís midnight deadline. File/Getty Images
Derek Sherrod was one of eight eligible first-round picks from the 2011 NFL draft who didnít have their option exercised by Saturdayís midnight deadline. File/Getty Images

2011 first-round options declined

8. Jake Locker, QB, Tennessee
10. Blaine Gabbert, QB, San Francisco
12. Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota
13. Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit
20. Adrian Clayborn, LB, Tampa Bay
25. James Carpenter, OL, Seattle
28. Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans
32. Derek Sherrod, OL, Green Bay

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Derek Sherrod has one more season to show the Green Bay Packers something.

The 6-foot-6, 321-pound offensive lineman was one of eight eligible first-round picks from the 2011 NFL draft who didnít have their option exercised by Saturdayís midnight deadline, according to a source with access to NFL Players Association salary information.

As part of the 2011 NFL collective bargaining agreement, all first-round picks have to sign four-year contracts with a fifth-year team option at a salary based on a formula of the highest-paid players at that position.

Being the first year the clause is in effect, 21 players had their options exercised. Two others, offensive linemen Danny Watkins and Gabe Carimi, were not eligible for the option because they were released from their rookie contracts. Receiver Jon Baldwin was also ineligible because heíd previously restructured his contract.

Those drafted in the top 10 and had their option picked up will earn the same paycheck as the transition tag for their position. The rest is based on the cap percentage of the average of the third- through 25th- highest paid players last season at a given position.

Since the rate for an offensive linemen is $7.438 million, itís no surprise the Packers would pass on Sherrod, who missed nearly two years while recovering from a broken leg he suffered near the end of his rookie season.

Sherrod is still only 25 years old, but has only played in 12 of a possible 36 regular-season games. Even in the seven games he played last season, Sherrod played only six offensive snaps in a blowout loss to Detroit on Thanksgiving and another 29 on special teams.

Once a team exercises the option, the playerís fifth-year pay in 2015 is guaranteed for injury. If heís on the roster at the beginning of the í15 league year, itís guaranteed fully.

Right now, Sherrod is looking up on the depth chart. The return of Bryan Bulaga from a torn ACL and maturation of rookie David Bakhtiari means Sherrod likely will be battling for a reserve role come training camp.

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