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Eagles Will Decline DE Marcus Smith’s Fifth-Year Option

The Philadelphia Eagles will decline DE┬áMarcus Smith’s fifth-year option, according to Zach Berman of Philly.com.

The fifth-year option would have cost the Eagles $8,625,000┬ámillion for the 2018 season, according to Joel Corry, but was guaranteed only for injury and wouldn’t have prevented them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.

Smith, 26, was taken with the No. 26 overall pick back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $7.80 million contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,129,010 for the 2017 season.

In 2016, Smith appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles but was limited to recorded 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus has him down for playing a total of 220 snaps to go along with a below-average rating.