Coples, 24, was taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Jets. He played defensive end at the University of North Carolina and in his rookie season. Since then he has made the transition to the outside linebacker position for the past two years. Through his first three seasons he has recorded just 16 1/2 sacks.
His fifth year option salary, which will be worth $7.8 million, is determined by the average salaries of the 25 highest-paid players at his position, not including the two highest-paid players.
Coples was called out a bit by Todd Bowles recently, but the Jets are smart to option Coples for his fifth season. Coples has all the natural talent in the world but there's been some bumps on the road for Coples as he has been moved all around the formation under Rex Ryan's tenure. Will that change now with Todd Bowles in town? Greg Cosell thinks that it could. We expect that Bowles will find ways to make the best use of Coples, but after that it will be up to Coples himself.