Derek Sherrod Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Derek Sherrod: It's not over, but time is running out

If nothing, you gotta feel for Derek Sherrod, the offensive lineman who was carried along by the Green Bay Packers the past three seasons as he recovered from a leg injury suffered his rookie year.

Eligible to have the option for a fifth year exercised, the Packers declined and Sherrod heads into his contract year.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement signed in 2011, requires that all first-round picks sign four-year contracts with a fifth-year team option at a salary based on a formula of the highest-paid players at that position. If the Packers had exercised the option on Sherrod, it would have cost the Packers just shy of $7.5 million. Given that Sherrod has played in just 12 of 36 games, the Packers are making the right call on this one.

Stranger things have happened, but it seems the odds are stacked against Sherrod at this point.

He will have to prove his worth going into this season against Bryan Bulaga, who is also coming off a season-ending injury, as well as the likes of David Bakhtiari and Don Barclay. Other guys have been buried on the depth chart and emerged. What a story it would be if Sherrod did so.

I wouldn’t count on it, however.

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