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Rams “All But Certain” To Pick Up LB Alec Ogletree’s Fifth-Year Option

Rams HC Jeff Fisher mentioned at the owners meetings on Wednesday that it’s “all but certain” they will pick up LB Alec Ogletree‘s fifth-year option in the coming months, per Nick Wagoner.

The Rams will also have to decide whether to exercise WR Tavon Austin‘s option as well, but Fisher said that want to keep both players for a “long time.”

Last we heard regarding both players, Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Times reported that there were strong indications that the Rams would explore long-term deals both players during the offseason.

It’s worth mentioning that fifth-year options are guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent a team from working on long-term extensions over the next year.

Ogletree, 24, is in the final year of his four-year, $7.03 million contract that include d a $3.492 million signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Ogletree had recorded 42 tackles and two sacks for the Rams’ defense. Ogletree’s year was cut short due to a  broken fibula and wound up requiring surgery.

Austin, 25, is in the final year of his four-year, $12.751 million rookie contract that included a $7.653 million signing bonus. He stands to make a base salary of $2,143,773 for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Austin appeared in all 16 games for the Rams and recorded 473 yards receiving on 52 receptions to go along with 434 yards rushing on 52 carries (8.3 YPC) and nine total touchdowns. Austin also contributed 268 punt return yards in a touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 86 receiver out of 121 qualifying players.