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Jeff Risdon

Tracking the 5th-year options on the 2020 NFL draft class

Tuesday marked the deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year contract options on the first-round picks from the draft class of 2020. All first-round picks get initial contracts for four seasons with a club option for a fifth year.

That fifth year is not a cheap one. Values are based on the average salary at a particular position, with additions to the base average according to playing time and Pro Bowl honors. Exercising the option guarantees the full salary for the player. They become unrestricted free agents after the conclusion of the fifth season, barring any extensions.

Picking up the option doesn’t mean the two sides can’t agree to a contract extension. Players can also be traded or cut, but the salary is guaranteed.

No. 1: Joe Burrow, QB, Bengals

The Bengals picked up the option on Burrow, which costs Cincinnati $29.5 million.

No. 2: Chase Young, EDGE, Commanders

The Commanders did not pick up Young’s option.

No. 3: Jeff Okudah, CB, Lions

Okudah was traded to the Atlanta Falcons this offseason, eliminating his fifth-year option.

No. 4: Andrew Thomas, OT, Giants

New York picked up Thomas’ fifth-year option for $14.18 million.

No. 5: Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins

The Dolphins did pick up Tagovailoa’s option for $23.2 million.

No. 6: Justin Herbert, QB, Chargers

The Chargers exercised the option on Herbert for $29.5 million.

No. 7: Derrick Brown, DT, Panthers

The Panthers optioned Brown for a fifth year for $11.67 million.

No. 8: Isaiah Simmons, LB, Cardinals

Arizona did not pick up the option on Simmons.

9. C.J. Henderson, CB, Jaguars

Henderson’s option was not picked up by the Panthers, who acquired him in a trade from the Jaguars in 2021.

No. 10: Jedrick Wills, OT, Browns

The Browns picked up the fifth-year option on Wills for $14.18 million.

Teams picked up six options for the first 10 players selected.

No. 11: Mekhi Becton, OT, Jets

The Jets did not pick up Becton’s option.

No. 12: Henry Ruggs, WR, Raiders

Ruggs was waived by Las Vegas in 2021.

No. 13: Tristan Wirfs, OT, Buccaneers

The Buccaneers picked up the fifth-year option on Wirfs for $18.44 million.

No. 14: Javon Kinlaw, DT, 49ers

San Francisco did not pick up Kinlaw’s option.

No. 15: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Broncos

The Broncos exercised the option on Jeudy for $12.99 million.

16. A.J. Terrell, CB, Falcons

The Falcons exercised the fifth year for Terrell at $12.34 million.

17. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Cowboys

Lamb will be back for a fifth year in Dallas at a rate of $17.99 million.

No. 18: Austin Jackson, OT, Dolphins

The Dolphins failed to exercise the option on Jackson.

No. 19: Damon Arnette, CB, Raiders

Arnette was waived by the Raiders in 2021.

No. 20: K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, Jaguars

The Jaguars declined the option on Chaisson.

No. 21: Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles

Reagor’s option was not picked up by the Vikings, who traded for the Eagles wideout in 2022.

No. 22: Justin Jefferson, WR, Vikings

The Vikings smartly picked up Jefferson’s fifth-year option at $19.74 million.

No. 23: Kenneth Murray, LB, Chargers

The Chargers did not pick up Murray’s option.

No. 24: Cesar Ruiz, OL, Saints

New Orleans elected to not pick up the fifth-year option on Ruiz.

No. 25: Brandon Aiyuk, WR, 49ers

Aiyuk is back with the 49ers for 2024 after the team exercised the option at $14.12 million.

No. 26: Jordan Love, QB, Packers

The Packers and Love agreed to a contract extension just before Tuesday’s deadline.

No. 27: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Seahawks

The Seahawks did not pick up the fifth-year option on Brooks.

No. 28: Patrick Queen, QB, Ravens

Baltimore turned down the option on Queen.

No. 29: Isaiah Wilson, OT, Titans

Wilson has been out of the league since 2021

No. 30: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Dolphins

Miami rejected the fifth-year option on Igbinoghene.

No. 31: Jeff Gladney, CB, Vikings

Gladney passed away in May of 2022. Rest in peace.

No. 32: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs

Kansas City did not pick up Edwards-Helaire’s fifth-year option.

Final tally

A total of 12 fifth-year options were exercised on the 32 picks. Six of those came in the first 10 picks, which means just six more options got picked up in the final 22 picks. One of those, Jordan Love, signed an extension instead.

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