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New Patriots DL Danny Shelton reacts to 5th-year option not being picked up: 'Obviously, it sucked at first'

Ryan Hannable
May 17, 2018 - 1:20 pm

When the Patriots traded for defensive lineman Danny Shelton in March, they had the opportunity to pick up his fifth-year option, but they declined. In fact, the Patriots didn't pick up options for Phillip Dorsett, Malcom Brown or Shelton.

For Shelton and Brown, if they had their options picked up it would have costed the Patriots $7.15 million. Now, all three will be free agents after this season.

Speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Thursday, Shelton reacted to it not being picked up.

“Obviously, it sucked at first,” Shelton said. “But at the same time, you’ve got to think of it as an opportunity. And for me, I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be here for the year and to be able to just try my best to dominate and put myself out there and see what happens after that.” 

After spending the first three years of his career with the Browns, Shelton admitted things are a lot different in New England.

"I think any other team would say the same thing,” Shelton said. “But then again, I’ve only been on one team. I’ve only been in one offseason program. Now that I’m here, it’s pretty cool to change it up a bit and just watch my body change. ... It was a struggle. I think it would be a struggle for anybody coming in and not knowing how much running the program asks of everyone. It’s been great so far, though.”

Shelton figures to see significant time on the interior defensive line this coming season.

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