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Report: Broncos are not exercising the 5th year option on defensive tackle Sylvester Williams

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Not really a shocker.

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According to the Denver Posts Troy Renck, the Denver Broncos are not exercising the 5th year option on defensive tackle, Sylvester Williams.

If the Broncos would have exercised Williams fifth year option, he would have cost $6.75 million for the 2017 season. According to ESPN's Jeff Legwold, Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway called that potential price a "pretty big number,". So it's not shocking to see the Broncos deciding against doing this.

The former first-round pick hasn't been awful since joining the Broncos but really hasn't lived up to his first-round potential. During his first three seasons with the Denver Broncos, he has totaled 47 tackles and just 5 sacks.

Now this past year, Williams did step up and replace defensive tackle Terrance Knighton who left via free agency in 2014. He played well under Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips and Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar and had his best game of his career during Super Bowl 50.

Now this doesn't rule out the Broncos re-signing Williams next season. They could decide to re-sign Williams at a lesser rate, or wait and see how he plays in 2016 before giving him a second contract. This just means the Broncos didn't guarantee him a fifth year with the Denver Broncos.

Nothing has official has yet to come from the Broncos so we will see what Elway and company have to say about this later today. The deadline is today so I expect an official announcement sometime soon.