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Around the league 5/1

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A look at news and stories from around the league

Dustin Bradford

Von Miller contract: Broncos pick up Von Miller's fifth-year option - Mile High Report
The Denver Broncos have picked up their fifth year option on Von Miller. Miller has been one of the most consistent players on the Bronco's defense and has put up 35 sacks in 3 years.

2014 NFL Draft: Houston Texans General Manager Rick Smith Says, "“I Absolutely Know Who I Want” - Battle Red Blog
The Houston Texans know who they will take if they stay put at the number one pick, but they aren't letting it out yet. The team is still looking at trading down as an option and want to keep tight lips as long as they can.

Ray Rice pleads not guilty for third-degree aggravated assault - Baltimore Beat Down
Ray Rice pleads not guilty to an incident from earlier in the off-season, and it appears he will not serve jail time. Rice will still be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy and will most likely receive a one to two game suspension.

Titans won't pick up Jake Locker's 5th year option - Music City Miracles
The Titans have declined to pick up their fifth year option on QB Jake Locker. Locker is one of three under performing first round QBs from the NFL draft, and it wasn't expected the Titans would extend him.

Buying stock in a professional athlete is a great idea with virtually no downside* - SBNation.com
Players around the league have started to offer a percentage of their future earnings in return for money up front. Is this a good idea for the players, and is it worth it to pick up these players' stock options?