Shane Ray Optimistic 5th-Year Option Will Be Picked Up

The Broncos have yet to publicly express whether they intend to pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Shane Ray‘s rookie deal. But Ray, the No. 23 overall pick of the 2015 draft, remains optimistic that it’ll get picked up.

“I’m not concerned,” Ray said, per Vicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “I love being a Bronco. [John Elway’s] got a lot of things to deal with, and whether or not he picks up my option, it doesn’t say anything about what I’m going to be for this team, my role for this team. I’m just excited. I wouldn’t look into too much. I think that it’s going to get picked up. I think that I’m going to be here, and I’m just looking forward to this opportunity.”

Ray, 24, appeared in just eight games last season due to a wrist injury. He started seven of those games and ended with a sack to go with 10 tackles. The Missouri product had 12 sacks through his first two seasons in the league.

The Broncos have until May 3 to decide whether they’ll pick up the option on Ray’s contract, which would guarantee him $9.2 million. Ray is currently projected to start at strong-side outside linebacker, opposite Von Miller.

The team’s depth at outside linebacker includes Shaquil Barrett, Deiontrez Mount, Stansly Maponga and Marcus Rush. Barrett made a career-high nine starts last season in place of Ray and appeared in all 16 games for a third straight season.

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3 comments on “Shane Ray Optimistic 5th-Year Option Will Be Picked Up

  1. janpipkin

    You know, looking at the QB panic in this draft, If the Browns take Barkley at 1, then Chubb at 4, they get the 2 projected/potential Hall of Famers in the draft. Then with the CERTAIN QB picks being made, the Bronko’s are still picking when there will be 1 of the big 4 QB’s left and we need a solid RB. With Barkley off the board, Cleveland could offer us Carlos Hyde plus their 2nd rd & next years 1st rd pick (which would be a killing for Bronko’s but Cleveland could STILL draft either Rosen or Allen, whoever would be left.

    THATS a HUGE win-win for both teams…and no one can stop it if the Bronko’s agree.

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  2. janpipkin

    Looking at the QB panic in this draft, If the Browns take Barkley at 1, then Chubb at 4, they get the 2 projected/potential Hall of Famers in the draft. Then with the CERTAIN QB picks being made, the Bronko’s are still picking when there will be 1 of the big 4 QB’s left and we need a solid RB. With Barkley off the board, Cleveland could offer us Carlos Hyde plus their 2nd rd & next years 1st rd pick (which would be a killing for Bronko’s but Cleveland could STILL draft either Rosen or Allen, whoever would be left.

    THATS a HUGE win-win for both teams…and no one can stop it if the Bronko’s agree.

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