Fifth-Year Option Decisions For 2019

The deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year options for players passed earlier today at 3pm CT, meaning each NFL club needed to decide on the status of its former first-round picks by that time. 20 of 32 players had their options exercised, while 10 saw the options declined.

Of course, just because a player has his option exercised or declined, that doesn’t necessarily dictate his future earnings. These fifth-year options are only guaranteed for injury only for now, so assuming a player stays healthy, his team could still release him by March 2019 without being on the hook for any ’19 salary, even if his option was exercised today. Conversely, a player who had his option declined could have a bounce-back year and do well on the open market next March.

As we wait to see how the latest round of option decisions looks a year from now, let’s recap the action. Here’s a full breakdown of the fifth-year option decisions for 2019:


  1. Jameis Winston, QB, $20.922MM (Buccaneers): Exercised
  2. Marcus Mariota, QB, $20.922MM (Titans): Exercised
  3. Amari Cooper, WR, $13.924MM (Raiders): Exercised
  4. Brandon Scherff, G, $12.525MM (Redskins): Exercised
  5. Leonard Williams, DE, $14.2MM (Jets): Exercised
  6. Vic Beasley, DE, $14.2MM (Falcons): Exercised
  7. Todd Gurley, RB, $9.630MM (Rams): Exercised
  8. Trae Waynes, CB, $9.069MM (Vikings): Exercised
  9. Andrus Peat, G, $9.625MM (Saints): Exercised
  10. DeVante Parker, WR, $9.387MM (Dolphins): Exercised
  11. Melvin Gordon, RB, $5.605MM (Chargers): Exercised
  12. Kevin Johnson, CB, $9.069MM (Texans): Exercised
  13. Arik Armstead, DE, $9.046MM (49ers): Exercised
  14. Marcus Peters, CB, $9.069MM (Rams): Exercised
  15. Nelson Agholor, WR, $9.387MM (Eagles): Exercised
  16. Bud Dupree, LB, $9.232MM (Steelers): Exercised
  17. D.J. Humphries, T, $9.625MM (Cardinals): Exercised
  18. Shaq Thompson, LB, $9.232MM (Panthers): Exercised
  19. Byron Jones, DB, $6.260MM (Cowboys): Exercised
  20. Damarious Randall, DB, $9.069MM (Browns): Exercised


  1. Dante Fowler, DE, $14.2MM (Jaguars): Declined
  2. Kevin White, WR, $13.924MM (Bears): Declined
  3. Ereck Flowers, T, $12.525MM (Giants): Declined
  4. Danny Shelton, DT, $7.154MM (Patriots): Declined
  5. Cameron Erving, OL, $9.625MM (Chiefs): Declined
  6. Cedric Ogbuehi, T, $9.625MM (Bengals): Declined
  7. Shane Ray, LB, $9.232MM (Broncos): Declined
  8. Breshad Perriman, WR, $9.387MM (Ravens): Declined
  9. Laken Tomlinson, G, $9.625MM (49ers): Declined
  10. Phillip Dorsett, WR, $9.387MM (Patriots): Declined
  11. Stephone Anthony, LB, $9.232MM (Dolphins): Declined
  12. Malcom Brown, DT, $7.154MM (Patriots): Declined
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