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English failed to hit minimum playing-time threshold in any year of his rookie deal

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Plenty of you have asked for more information regarding the fact that Chargers linebacker Larry English, a first-round pick in 2009, won’t be a free agent in 2014.

And so here it is.  Even for those who didn’t ask.

English, the 16th pick in 2009, agreed to a contract that included a both a signing bonus and an option bonus the following year.  Fourteen of the other top 16 picks signed contracts with a similar structure.

The option bonus, paid in 2010, added a sixth year to the five-year contracts.  The option year disappeared if the player participated in 35 percent of the snaps as a rookie, or 45 percent in any of the future years.  English failed to hit the triggers in any of the years, from 2009 through 2013.

As a result, the sixth year didn’t void — and English won’t be a free agent.

Even though the NFLPA’s official list of free agent includes English, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that English agrees with the team’s interpretation.

It’s unclear what English would have earned on the open market.  For now, he’s due to make $1.54 million.  Given his performance over five NFL seasons and the current market for pass rushers, it’s likely he wouldn’t have seen more than that on the open market.  He may have even been offered less.

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15 Responses to “English failed to hit minimum playing-time threshold in any year of his rookie deal”
  1. sdcameron says: Feb 13, 2014 9:40 PM

    So glad AJ is gone.

  2. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 13, 2014 9:53 PM

    So he’s Plain English?

  3. raiderapologist says: Feb 13, 2014 10:09 PM

    He’s a bust in any or all of those years.

  4. r8ders4life says: Feb 13, 2014 10:14 PM

    Well Mr.English obviously had enough playing time to garner a photo opt with a pass rush on Terrelle Pryor…….

  5. craniator says: Feb 13, 2014 10:19 PM

    That’s bad English if ever I’ve heard it.

  6. Stiller43 says: Feb 13, 2014 10:27 PM

    The guy cant stay on the field. And when he IS on it, he’s not good. He’ll get more this way than from any FA contract he would have signed

  7. realnflmaster says: Feb 13, 2014 10:50 PM

    What a bust. Another genius move by AJ Smith.

  8. justbust says: Feb 13, 2014 10:50 PM

    Was an all star Mac defensive end at northern Illinois, couldn’t make the transition to line backer or nfl… Yet

  9. ontboltfan says: Feb 13, 2014 10:52 PM

    He isn’t due anything as he will likely be cut.

  10. chargersdiehard says: Feb 13, 2014 10:58 PM

    Another one of AJ Smiths genius moves. Drafts this bum from Northern Illinois when Clay Mathews was on the board from 2 hours north at USC. Go AJ.

  11. chargrz says: Feb 13, 2014 11:04 PM

    Total Bust!

  12. gochargersgo says: Feb 14, 2014 12:15 AM

    Id pay him 1.54 mil to hit the bricks

  13. natelan69 says: Feb 14, 2014 12:39 AM

    He’s invisible on the field, but let’s see him play on a contract year. I don’t expect much, but for both the Chargers and English, here’s hoping.

  14. therealraider says: Feb 14, 2014 2:55 AM

    Larry English is probably ecstatic .. He would probably fetch close to the league minimum on the open market for a 4-6 year vet ..$685,000.. If he would even get an offer.

  15. dawnpatrol111 says: Feb 20, 2014 3:39 PM


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