(KSDK Sports) -- With the 2014 NFL Draft looming the Rams made a move today to ensure their future at defensive end. The Rams have executed the fifth-year option in the contract of DE Robert Quinn.

Quinn is now under contract through the 2015 season.

Quinn was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Last season, he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl and was also a First-Team All-Pro selection after recording a Rams-record 19.0 sacks. His 29.5 combined sacks in the last two seasons give Quinn the second-highest total in the NFL over that time period, trailing only 2011 draft classmate J.J. Watt.

As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached by the NFL and the NFL Players Association in 2011, contracts for all first-round draft picks are four-year deals with a fifth-year option for the team. That option must be picked up following the player's third year.

The deadline to exercise the option on 2011 first-round picks was this Saturday (May 3).

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