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Patriots reportedly won't pick up 5th-year options for 3 2015 1st-round picks

Ryan Hannable
May 02, 2018 - 5:02 pm

Thursday is the deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year options of 2015 first-round picks and the Patriots apparently didn't for all three of the 2015 first-round picks on their roster.

According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, defensive tackles Danny Shelton and Malcom Brown and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett did not have their fifth-year options picked up. This means they will become free agents after this season.

Brown was the Patriots' own pick, Dorsett was acquired in the Jacoby Brissett trade and then Shelton was traded for a third-round pick this offseason.

Picking up Brown and Shelton's contracts for 2019 would have been $7.154 million, and Dorsett’s would have been over $9.3 million.

Just because these contracts weren't picked up doesn't mean they are all necessarily done in New England after the season as they can still sign extensions. Of the three, Brown seems to be the most likely to stick around.