Packers not likely to pick up Nick Perry's option year

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Just like they did last year with Derek Sherrod, the Green Bay Packers are expected to decline the fifth-year option on former first-round pick Nick Perry's contract.

However, they have the rest of the week before they have to make anything official.

The deadline to exercise 2016 options is Sunday.

The option year would cost the Packers $7.75 million to keep Perry under contract for 2016, and it would be guaranteed for injury immediately. Without it, Perry, the 28th overall pick in 2012, would become a free agent after this season.

All first-round picks taken in 2011 or later signed four-year deals with a club option for a fifth year. It was a provision added to the collective bargaining agreement following the lockout after the 2010 season.

Last spring, the Packers opted not to pick up the $7.438 million option year on Sherrod, the 32nd overall pick in 2011. Sherrod, whose career was slowed by a broken leg during his rookie year, did not even make it through the 2014 season. The Packers released him last November.

Perry has never been a regular starter. Injuries limited him to just five games as a rookie and 11 in his second season. Last season, however, he played in all but one game and totaled 4.5 sacks (including 1.5 in the playoffs). Still, he played only 34.6 percent of the defensive snaps and there's no indication his role will increase significantly.