2019 Fifth-Year Option Decision Tracker

Teams across the NFL have until May 3 to officially pick up their 2019 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 2020, after the conclusion of the 2019 season. If a player’s option is declined, he’ll be eligible to hit the open market a year earlier. Of course, if a 2015 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.

Soon, we’ll learn the official salary figures for all 2019 fifth-year options. What we do know is that the option salaries for top 10 picks is equal to the transition tender at the player’s position during his fourth season. So, because the transition tag for quarterbacks this year was $20.922MM, we already know that Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston‘s fifth-year option will be worth that amount.

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. Jameis Winston, QB, $20.922MM (Buccaneers): Exercised

2. Marcus Mariota, QB, $20.922MM (Titans): Exercised

3. Dante Fowler, DE, $14.2MM (Jaguars): Declined

4. Amari Cooper, WR, $13.924MM (Raiders): Exercised

5. Brandon Scherff, G, $12.525MM (Redskins): Exercised

6. Leonard Williams, DE, $14.2MM (Jets): Exercised

7. Kevin White, WR, $13.924MM (Bears): Declined

8. Vic Beasley, DE, $14.2MM (Falcons): Exercised

9. Ereck Flowers, OT, $12.525MM (Giants): Declined

10. Todd Gurley, RB, $9.630MM (Rams): Exercised

11. Trae Waynes, CB, $9.069MM (Vikings): Exercised

12. Danny Shelton, DT, $7.154MM (Patriots): Declined

13. Andrus Peat, OL, $9.625MM (Saints): Exercised

14. DeVante Parker, WR, $9.387MM (Dolphins): Exercised

15. Melvin Gordon, RB, $5.605MM (Chargers): Exercised

16. Kevin Johnson, CB, $9.069MM (Texans): Exercised

17. Arik Armstead, DE, $9.046MM (49ers): Exercised

18. Marcus Peters, CB, $9.069MM (Rams): Exercised

19. Cameron Erving, OL, $9.625MM (Chiefs): Declined

20. Nelson Agholor, WR, $9.387MM (Eagles): Exercised

21. Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, $9.625MM (Bengals): Declined

22. Bud Dupree, LB, $9.232MM (Steelers): Exercised

23. Shane Ray, LB, $9.232MM (Broncos): Declined

24. D.J. Humphries, OT, $9.625MM (Cardinals): Exercised

25. Shaq Thompson, LB, $9.232MM (Panthers): Exercised

26. Breshad Perriman, WR, $9.387MM (Ravens): Declined

27. Byron Jones, S, $6.26MM (Cowboys): Exercised

28. Laken Tomlinson, G, $9.625MM (49ers): Declined

29. Phillip Dorsett, WR, $9.387MM (Patriots): Declined

30. Damarious Randall, CB, $9.069MM (Browns): Exercised

31. Stephone Anthony, LB, $9.232MM (Dolphins): Declined

32. Malcom Brown, DT, $7.154MM (Patriots): Declined

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    Exercising the option on Gurley would have to be a slam dunk. Hoping the Bears close the book on White and move on.

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