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Rams Exercise Brockers' Fifth-Year Option

Posted Apr 28, 2015

The Rams have taken care of some business prior to this week’s draft by picking up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Michael Brockers’ contract.


The Rams have taken care of some business prior to this week’s draft by picking up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Michael Brockers’ contract. The action keeps Brockers with the team through the 2016 season.

St. Louis drafted Brockers 14th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft and he’s been a major contributor ever since. In 2014, Brockers ended the season second among the team’s defensive linemen with 73 total tackles, with 2.0 sacks, 14 quarterback pressures, and two quarterback hits. His presence on the interior of the line engaging in double teams is invaluable for the rest of the defensive front, as it allows players like Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Aaron Donald more one-on-one opportunities to get after the passer.

The fifth-year option in first-round draft picks’ rookie contracts began in 2011 with the provision that teams must decide whether or not to exercise them prior to the player’s fourth season. This year, the deadline for all teams to do so is May 3.

The Rams have decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on safety Mark Barron. Acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2014 trading deadline, Barron was originally drafted by the Buccaneers with the No. 7 pick in 2012.