Previewing the Fifth-Year Options for the 2019 NFL Draft Class

Previewing the Fifth-Year Options for the 2019 NFL Draft Class

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Previewing the Fifth-Year Options for the 2019 NFL Draft Class

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It’s crazy to think that the 2019 NFL Draft was three years ago, and these players will be entering their fourth season meaning teams will have to decide whether they will opt to use the players’ fifth-year option. The fifth-year option is standard for every NFL draft pick that is selected in the first round and there are multiple options that determine how much the option will be worth, those are outlined below:

  • Multiple Pro Bowls: The highest level that a player can achieve. These are players that are named to two or more original ballot (alternates do not count) Pro Bowls. These values are the same as the franchise tag for that season
  • One Pro Bowl: Players who were named to one Pro Bowl on the original ballot
  • Playtime: These contracts are calculated from the average of the third to 20th highest salaries at that position. There are multiple different categories that will determine the pay for these players
      • 75% or greater in two of first three seasons
      • Average of 75% or greater in all three seasons
      • 50% or greater in all three season
  • Basic: The lowest level, these players do not meet any of the requirements above and are paid an average of the third to 25th highest salaries at their position. 

Now that those are outlined, let’s preview each player’s projected contract and my prediction on if the option will be exercised. All contract projections are via OverTheCap.com. Keep in mind these options are for the 2023-2024 season and any players that receive a contract extension will have their options automatically used. 

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