According to a tweet from NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, the Bills have decided not to pick up the fifth year option for defensive end Shaq Lawson’s contract.
Lawson was the Bills first round pick (19th overall) in the 2016 NFL draft, and is the last remaining draft pick from that year still on the team.
He has started 17 games in his three year career, accumulating 76 tackles and 10 sacks.
If the Bills had picked up the option, Lawson would have been dua a little more than $9 million dollars in 2020. The team could have released him before the start of the 2020 league and avoided the option, but that rarely happens.
Instead, Lawson will now be a free agent next March. However, the Bills could still hold onto to Lawson via the franchise tag or by simply signing him to another contract.