News: Fifth-year options for 2011 1st rd picks (T. Smith) likely won’t be exercised before May 3

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Posted by Mike Florio on January 13, 2014, 9:13 AM EST

    The conclusion of the 2013 regular season introduced a new dynamic to the NFL. For the first time, teams have to decide whether to exercise the fifth-year option for players drafted three years ago in round one.

    The rookie wage scale, adopted in 2011, requires all draft picks to sign four-year contracts. For first-round picks, a fifth-year option can be applied by the team.

    For players taken in the top 10, the fifth-year option equals the transition tender for the player’s position in the fourth year of his contract. (The transition tender is based on the average of the 10 highest-paid players at the position.) For players taken from No. 11 through No. 32, the option arises from the average of the 25 highest-paid players at the position, with the top three excluded.

    Absent new contracts before May 3, the option will be applied to players like Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, perhaps (No.2), Broncos linebacker Von Miller (No. 3), Bengals receiver A.J. Green (No. 4), Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (No. 5), Falcons receiver Julio Jones (No. 7), and Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (No. 9).

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  2. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    The reason why is because of extensions. You can do a long-term extension and significantly decrease the cap hit in that fifth year rather than pay what essentially becomes a rookie franchise tag.

    I don't know why anyone would exercise a fifth-year option. You either are sure you're locking the guy up at this point or letting him hit the market.
  3. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    The article is a bit confusing. They can still exercise the option, but if they wait until after May 3, there is less risk to the team.
  4. Bluefin

    Bluefin Well-Known Member

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    Using the fifth year option will allow the team to wait until next off-season before entering talks for a long term extension.

    Tyron Smith can play under his cap friendly 2014 rookie salary instead of needing to be extended at the same time as Dez Bryant, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

    Exercising the fifth year option does nothing to change that, it simply prevents the player from becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

    The team doesn't want a big, one year salary in '15 and neither does the player, both want a long term contract for their own reasons.

    Using the option simply allows the team to wait until next year before having those discussions., allowing them to focus on Bryant, Dan Bailey and other roster decisions this year.
  5. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    I suppose that makes sense. Thanks for the added perspective.

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