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    Option provision should take Quinn's contract through 2015

    Option provision should take Quinn's contract through 2015
    March 07, 2014 12:00 pm • By Jim Thomas

    After a season in which he led the NFC in sacks, made his first Pro Bowl, and was named NFL defensive player of the year by the Pro Football Writers, Rams defensive end Robert Quinn is entering the final year of the four-year contract he signed as a rookie in 2011.

    Normally, re-signing Quinn at some point this offseason would be as big of a priority as anything that takes place in free agency or the draft. Particularly when you consider that after that breakout 2013 season, Quinn is still only 23 years old. He should have a long, prosperous, and productive NFL career ahead of him.

    But because of a wrinkle in the NFL's new collective bargaining agreement of 2011, the Rams have an option for a fifth season, which would keep Quinn under contract through the 2015 campaign.

    Under the new CBA, all draft picks sign four-year deals. The days of six- and even seven-year deals for first-rounders are over. But as part of that labor agreement, teams have the option of retaining their first-round picks for a fifth-year. The draft class of 2011 is the first class subject to this provision.

    Under the compensation formula set up for the fifth-year option, players drafted from No. 11 overall to No. 32 are entitled to the average of salary made by the third- through 25th-highest paid players at their position.

    (There is a different formula for top 10 picks.)

    Quinn was chosen 14th overall out of North Carolina. Under the formula, he would be paid $6.9 million in 2015 if the Rams exercise the fifth-year option. The league-wide deadline to exercise that option is this May 3 and it would be surprising — no, make that stunning — if the Rams didn't do so.

    Based on Quinn's 2013 performance, $6.9 million obviously would be a bargain.

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    Re: Option provision should take Quinn's contract through 2015

    Honestly it might be a risk trying to lock Quinn up this early, but I say if they can--make him happy and get a deal done Now

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    Re: Option provision should take Quinn's contract through 2015

    Take the option, of course, and then next offseason start discussing the long term deal. It puts Quinn in the position to repeat his destructive ways for a second straight season, where it won't really hurt our bargaining position if he does it again, but if he has an off year, the team might save a few bucks. In the end though, he's going to be locked up with a top five contract.
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