The Tampa Bay Buccaneers declined to pick up Adrian Clayborn's fifth-year option, which was built into his contract as it is with every first-round pick under the new CBA. The fact that the Bucs didn't pick up that option has to be concerning, as the list of players whose option wasn't picked up is essentially a list of busts. Only 8 players didn't see their options exercised (three players weren't eligible): Derek Sherrod, Mark Ingram, James Carpenter, Nick Fairley, Christian Ponder, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker and Adrian Clayborn. That's not a very flattering list, and Andrew Brandt of The MMQB makes it sound even worse: In fact, the only way I would not apply the option for 2014 is if the player has a tenuous future for 2014, let alone 2015. The risk of serious injury is small; the reward of contract control is potentially significant. Andrew Brandt's opinion as the former Green Bay Packers vice president is notable, and likely to reflect at least some executives' opinions around the league. Take that at face value, and we can say that Adrian Clayborn's presence on this roster is in doubt. But not every executive may see things the same way. "I have to ask myself is he a $5.5 million player?" Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew said of Nick Fairley's option.
Adrian Clayborn's future uncertain with Buccaneers as he enters contract year
Bucs Nation | May 5