2018 Fifth-Year Option Decision Tracker

Teams across the NFL have until May 3 to officially pick up their 2018 options on players who are entering the final year of their rookie contracts. These fifth-year options can only be exercised on first-round picks, and the salaries are determined by where players were drafted and what position they play.

If a player has his option exercised, his rookie contract will be extended by one year and he’ll be eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2019, after the conclusion of the 2018 season. If a player’s option is declined, he’ll be eligible to hit the open market a year earlier. Of course, if a 2014 first-rounder is no longer on his rookie contract, there will be no option to exercise or decline. We explained the intricacies of the fifth-year option in a PFR Glossary post, so you can read up on the specific details there.

Joel Corry of CBSSports.com has passed along the official salary figures for all 2017 fifth-year options, adding his thoughts on where each 2013 first-rounder stands. These option salaries are guaranteed for injury only up until the first day of the ’18 league year, at which point they become fully guaranteed. As such, some teams may exercise the options now, even if they’re not 100% sure they’ll keep the player.

With next month’s deadline looming, we’ll use the space below to track all the option decisions from around the league based on various reports and official announcements. Here are this season’s fifth-year option decisions so far:

  1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE, $13.846MM (Texans): Exercised
  2. Greg Robinson, OL (Rams), $12.496MM: Declined
  3. Blake Bortles, QB, (Jaguars), $19.053MM: Exercised
  4. Sammy Watkins, WR (Bills), $13.258MM: Declined
  5. Khalil Mack, DE (Raiders), $13.846MM: Exercised
  6. Jake Matthews, T (Falcons), $12.496MM: Exercised
  7. Mike Evans, WR (Buccaneers), $13.258MM: Exercised
  8. Justin Gilbert, CB (Browns): Not applicable due to release
  9. Anthony Barr, LB (Vikings), $12.306MM: Exercised
  10. Eric Ebron, TE (Lions), $5.194MM: Exercised
  11. Taylor Lewan, T (Titans), $9.341MM: Exercised
  12. Odell Beckham Jr. (Giants), $8.459MM: Exercised
  13. Aaron Donald, DT (Rams), $6.892MM: Exercised
  14. Kyle Fuller, CB, (Bears), $8.526MM: Declined
  15. Ryan Shazier, LB (Steelers), $8.718MM: Exercised
  16. Zack Martin, G (Cowboys), $9.341MM: Exercised
  17. C.J. Mosley, LB (Ravens), $8.718MM: Exercised
  18. Calvin Pryor, S (Jets), $5.597MM: Declined
  19. Ja’Wuan James, T (Dolphins), $9.341MM: Exercised
  20. Brandin Cooks, WR (Patriots), $8.459MM: Exercised
  21. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S (Packers), $5.597MM: Exercised
  22. Johnny Manziel, QB (Browns): Not applicable due to release
  23. Dee Ford, LB (Chiefs), $8.718MM: Exercised
  24. Darqueze Dennard, CB (Bengals), $8.526MM: Exercised
  25. Jason Verrett, CB (Chargers), $8.526MM: Exercised
  26. Marcus Smith, DE (Eagles), $8.625MM: Declined
  27. Deone Bucannon, LB (Cardinals), $8.718MM: Exercised
  28. Kelvin Benjamin, WR (Panthers), $8.459MM: Exercised
  29. Dominique Easley, DT (Rams): Not applicable due to release
  30. Jimmie Ward, CB (49ers), $8.526MM: Exercised
  31. Bradley Roby, CB (Broncos), $8.526MM: Exercised
  32. Teddy Bridgewater, QB (Vikings), $12.198MM: Declined

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3 comments on “2018 Fifth-Year Option Decision Tracker

  1. Polish Hammer

    Just looking at this list makes me realize just how much of a crapshoot the draft is. So many busts listed above, and right now people are hyping up the players in this weeks draft while many of them will not pan out as well.

    • bingo!!! but don’t worry 2 years from now those same people will act like they knew who was going to make it and who wasn’t.

    • MasonTerneus

      Sad thing is, this draft was one of the better in recent years. A couple All Pro linebackers and a stud receiver in Evans.

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