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Around the league 5/2

A look at news and stories from around the league

Stacy Revere

49ers exercise Aldon Smith's option for 2015 - Niners Nation
After a lot of controversy surrounding the yound DE in the last couple of years, the 49ers have decided to exercise Alson Smith's 5th year option. Smith has amassed an impressive 42 sacks in his first three seasons, but multiple off the field incidents delayed the decision to extend him.

Eli Manning Injury Update: Giants' QB says he has begun running - Big Blue View
Giant's quarterback Eli Manning has been making progress on recovering from ankle surgery a few weeks ago. He has likely been ruled out of many off-season workouts, but the Giants remain confident he will return in time for training camp.

Redskins Use 5th Year Option on Ryan Kerrigan - Hogs Haven
They Redskins have exercised their 5th year option on DE Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan was predicted to be picked by the Jaguars by many in the 2011 draft, but instead he went to the Redskins after Jacksonville traded up for Blaine Gabbert.

What it's like for players who *aren't* picked at the NFL Draft -
Phil Lutzenkirchen gives an excellent write-up on what it is like to be one of the many NFL prospects to not be picked in the draft.