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Jets Exercise OLB Quinton Coples’ Fifth-Year Option

Albert Breer of NFL Media reports that the Jets have officially exercised OLB Quinton Coples‘ fifth-year option on Thursday.

This move will cost the Jets a salary of $7.751 million for the 2016 season. However, it’s worth mentioning that this salary is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent the two parties from negotiating a cap friendly contract extension.

While it may be a little surprising to hear that Jets will exercise Coples’ option, it’s really a low-risk move that gives them the option to keep him in the event he puts together a very impressive 2015 season.

Coples, 24, is entering the final year of his four-year, $8.803 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,515,381 for the 2015 season.

In 2014, Coples appeared in all 16 games for the Jets and recorded 35 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 40 outside linebacker in 3-4 defense out of 46 qualifying players.