The St. Louis Rams officially exercised a $6.969 million fifth-year option for defensive end Robert Quinn today.

Quinn is now under contract through the 2015 season.

A former North Carolina standout, Quinn has emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL.

Quinn registered 19 sacks last season along with 57 tackles and seven forced fumbles.

The former first-round draft pick has 109 career tackles and 34.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles in three NFL seasons.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun