Albert Breer of NFL.com offers some specifics regarding fifth-year options for the 2011 draft class.
This will be the first draft class impacted by the new rules that come from the most recent CBA agreement.
- Teams can exercise options for first-round picks on the first day of the 2014 NFL season and will have until May 3 to do so.
- Options for players taken in the top 10 will be worth the equivalent of the 2014 transition-tag number for their respective position.
- Options for players taken No. 11 – No. 32 will be derived from the average of the No. 3 – No. 25 highest-paid players at their respective position.
According to Breer, these options are only guaranteed for injury upon being exercised, so teams can release a player later in the year without paying them the full option.
Here’s a look at the 2011 draft class and who could be in line for an extension or worth exercising their fifth-year option.
|Pick||Team||Player||Option or Extension?|
|1||CAR||Cam Newton||CAR is almost certain to begin long-term contract talks this
offseason, but an option is a no-brainer if a deal can’t be reached.
|2||DEN||Von Miller||Long-term extension should be the Broncos top priority, but
there are off-the-field concerns. Option is a contingency.
|3||BUF||Marcell Dareus||According to Pro Football Focus, Dareus has been a top-12 DT for
each season in the league. Extension should be discussed.
|4||CIN||A.J. Green||Green is clearly among the best players at the WR position.
Long-term extension should be discussed.
|5||ARI||Patrick Peterson||ARI’s defense has great young pieces to build around. ARI is
believed to be prepared to discuss a long-term deal this offseason.
|6||ATL||Julio Jones||ATL’s season took a major turn for the worse after Jones went
down. White is 31, so they need to get something done with Jones soon.
|7||SF||Aldon Smith||Smith is another extension candidate, but SF needs to be careful
how they spend their $. Off-the-field issues could impact their
|8||TEN||Jake Locker||Locker is the first real question mark of this draft class. TEN
could pickup his option, but that would likely cost them $14M.
|9||DAL||Tyron Smith||It’s surprising that Smith doesn’t get more attention. He’s been
very solid for DAL and should be an extension candidate.
DAL does have cap issues.
|10||JAX||Blaine Gabbert||There’s no way Gabbert is back with the Jaguars next season. Not
at the price tag that comes from picking up his option.
|11||HOU||J.J. Watt||Watt needs a new contract asap. He has a good chance of being a
|12||MIN||Christian Ponder||His days in MIN are numbered. Taking the AVG salary of No. 3 –
25 QBs in 2013 would mean the MIN would have to pay him $11.5M.
|13||DET||Nick Fairley||Fairley got off to a slow start, but has proved to be a solid
value pick. DET could have some cap issues next year. Extension makes
|14||STL||Robert Quinn||Quinn has become one of the best pass-rushers in the league and
is still only 23. Extension should be discussed, but option is certain to be
|15||MIA||Mike Pouncey||MIA has so many OL issues that they can’t allow a top-ten center
to get away when he could be a building block. Extension would make
|16||WAS||Ryan Kerrigan||It’s been surprising to see how well Kerrigan has played since
entering the NFL. WAS defense needs more young talent. Extension
|17||NE||Nate Solder||Solder has been a top-20 OT the past two seasons and is now
among the best LTs in the game. Extension could be discussed this
|18||SD||Corey Liuget||Liuget has been up and down through three seasons with SD.
There’s a chance they pick up his option, but that could be pricey.
|19||NYG||Prince Amukamara||NYG always seem to need help at CB, but Prince hasn’t had a big
impact thus far. I wouldn’t be surprised to them pass on picking up his
|20||TB||Adrian Clayborn||TB used their top-two selections in 2011 on DE, but neither has
developed into a solid player worthy of their option being picked up.
|21||CLE||Phil Taylor||Taylor has ability, but he has yet to develop into a great
player. The option would likely cost them close to $5.5 – $6M.
Option seems possible.
|22||IND||Anthony Castonzo||Castonzo is serviceable at times, but not quite the type of player
IND was hoping for. I can’t see them picking up an option that could be
|23||PHI||Danny Watkins||Watkins is no longer with PHI and is currently on the Dolphins
practice squad. Clearly a draft bust.
|24||NO||Cameron Jordan||It’s been incredible to see how well Jordan is playing at 3-4 DE
as opposed to 4-3 DE. Extension candidate for sure with an option in
|25||SEA||James Carpenter||Carpenter hasn’t been very good since entering the league and is
now playing G for SEA. An extension is possible, but would require a
|26||KC||Jonathan Baldwin||No longer with KC. Struggling to get playing time in SF. Another
|27||BAL||Jimmy Smith||Smith is an interesting case. He helped BAL win a SB, but hasn’t
been all that great or consistent. An extension could be discussed, but no
|28||NO||Mark Ingram||Ingram has been rumored to be on the trading block for awhile
now. There’s almost no chance of him getting an extension or his option
|29||CHI||Gabe Carimi||No longer with CHI. Playing for TB right now. Another draft
|30||NYJ||Muhammad Wilkerson||NYJ got a steal with Wilkerson at No. 30. He’s one of the best
players in the draft and at his position. Extension will be discussed and
option is possible
|31||PIT||Cameron Heyward||PIT has cap issues moving forward so it won’t be easy for the to
keep Heyward who has been serviceable in recent years.
|32||GB||Derek Sherrod||Suffered a serious leg injury that cost him close to two full
seasons. It’s doubtful GB will discuss an extension at this point.
Option is not happening.