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NFL teams have until May 3 to exercise 5th-year option on these 2018 first-rounders

NFL fifth-year option

The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams on Wednesday that reminded them of the May 3 deadline to exercise the fifth-year option on first-round picks from the 2018 NFL draft.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted the breakdown of how much the fifth-year on those rookie contracts will cost a team based on several variables, including position, number of pro bowls, and playing time.

Quarterback is by far the most expensive position. Players like Lamar Jackson, for example, will cost the Ravens more than $23 million in 2022. Still, that seems like a bargain considering Dak Prescott just signed a new deal that will pay him $40 million per season. Whether you think Jackson is a better quarterback than Prescott is irrelevant; he’s going to get paid as much or more than him when his contract expires. So locking him up for $23 million is a no-brainer.

Here’s the complete 2018 first round with each player’s production so far in their career. You can be the judge as to whether their fifth-year option should be exercised.

Drafted Players Table
MiscApprox ValPassingRushingReceiving
RndPickTmPlayerPosAgeToAP1PBStCarAVDrAVGCmpAttYdsTDIntAttYdsTDRecYdsTDSoloIntSkCollege/Univ
11CLEBaker MayfieldQB23202000330304693215061111575431214374160OklahomaCollege Stats
12NYGSaquon BarkleyRB2120200122323310000049723441714912196Penn St.College Stats
13NYJSam Darnold QB2120200031515387291219809745391144175000USCCollege Stats
14CLEDenzel Ward CB212020013161637000000000001177Ohio St.College Stats
15DENBradley ChubbDE222020012181834000000000008320.5North Carolina St.College Stats
16INDQuenton NelsonG22202033342424800000100000Notre DameCollege Stats
17BUFJosh Allen QB2220200133535448361353970767313001562251121WyomingCollege Stats
18CHIRoquan SmithILB21202000329294400000000000253411.0GeorgiaCollege Stats
19SFOMike McGlincheyT23202000323234400000000000Notre DameCollege Stats
110ARIJosh RosenQB212019001322027550228451219261510000UCLACollege Stats
111MIAMinkah FitzpatrickS212020222369480000000000015511AlabamaCollege Stats
112TAMVita VeaDT23202000114143400000000111467.5WashingtonCollege Stats
113WASDaron Payne DT2120200032121470000000000094110.0AlabamaCollege Stats
114NORMarcus DavenportDE2220200019937000000000003912.0Texas-San AntonioCollege Stats
115OAKKolton MillerT22202000323234600000000000UCLACollege Stats
116BUFTremaine EdmundsILB2020200233131460000000000022335.5Virginia TechCollege Stats
117LACDerwin JamesS222019111111121000000000009833.5Florida St.College Stats
118GNBJaire AlexanderCB2120200132020440000000000015141.5LouisvilleCollege Stats
119DALLeighton Vander EschOLB2220200121919350000000000017721.5Boise St.College Stats
120DETFrank RagnowC222020013212145000000000001ArkansasCollege Stats
121CINBilly PriceC23202000110104200000000000Ohio St.College Stats
122TENRashaan EvansILB222020002202047000000000001613.0AlabamaCollege Stats
123NWEIsaiah WynnT222020001881800000000000GeorgiaCollege Stats
124CARD.J. MooreWR212020003252546010002123402083156101MarylandCollege Stats
125BALHayden HurstTE25202000011644000001009910839South CarolinaCollege Stats
126ATLCalvin RidleyWR2320200022424440000013620217306126AlabamaCollege Stats
127SEARashaad PennyRB2220200007727000001618235171581San Diego St.College Stats
128PITTerrell EdmundsS2120200031616470000000000017232.0Virginia TechCollege Stats
129JAXTaven BryanDT222020001994800000000000413.5FloridaCollege Stats
130MINMike HughesCB212020000552400000000000672Central FloridaCollege Stats
131NWESony MichelRB23202000215153800000535229214262581GeorgiaCollege Stats
132BALLamar JacksonQB21202011248484660694770856818482290619000LouisvilleCollege Stats
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/10/2021.

Bryan Perez

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