Rams exercise Robert Quinn’s fifth-year option

AP

It should come as no surprise that an NFL team is in no hurry to part ways with a defensive end that had 19 sacks during the 2013 season, so we’ll assume that no one’s eyebrows will dart to the top of their head with Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports’ report that the Rams have exercised their option on Robert Quinn’s contract to hold onto him through 2015.

Quinn added 18 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles in a defensive performance as good as any in the league last year. Should Quinn play out the 2015 season under the terms of his current deal, he’ll make $6.969 million.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Rams move to extend Quinn’s contract before that option year kicks in, however. Locking up Quinn across from Chris Long would give the Rams the foundation of a strong defensive line and pass rush, although it won’t come cheap.

Quinn is the 12th player drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft to have his option exercised. Teams have until May 3 to exercise the options, which are guaranteed against injury only.