Fifth-year option tracker for 2012 first-round picks

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The deadline has passed for NFL teams to make a decision on their 2012 draft class. The rookie wage scale created in 2011 requires that all first-year players sign four-year deals. For players taken in the first round, the club has the option to extend the contract for one extra season. The fifth year is guaranteed for injury when the option is used.

The fifth-year salary varies depending on how high the player was drafted. The top 10 selections receive a salary equal to the average of the 10 highest salaries. For the remainder of the first round, the wage is the average of the third through twenty-fifth highest salaries at the position.

Indianapolis made an easy decision to pick up Andrew Luck's fifth-year option, but other franchises are in a tougher predicament.

We are keeping track of all the players who had or didn't have their fifth-year options picked up. Find out what decision your team made below:

No. 1 pick Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: The Colts announced that they have picked up the fifth-year option on Luck, which was an easy decision. The franchise quarterback will be in Indy for a while.

No. 2 pick Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: General manager Scot McCloughan announced that the 'Skins will pick up the QB's option. Per NFL Media's Albert Breer, the team views the $16.1 million option as a cheaper version of the franchise tag. 

No. 3 pick Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns: Richardson signed a two-year deal with the Raiders during the offseason and is ineligible since he's no longer with the Browns. The running back has a chance to revitalize his career in Oakland.

No. 4 pick Matt Kalil, Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings picked up Kalil's option.

No. 6 pick Morris Claiborne, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys announced they will not pick up Claiborne's fifth-year option. The cornerback only played in four games in 2014 due to injury.

No. 7 pick Mark Barron, Tampa Bay BuccaneersBarron was traded to the Rams last season, and St. Louis reportedly will not pick up his option.

No. 8 pick Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins have exercised the fifth-year option on Tannehill, the team announced.

No. 9 pick Luke Kuechly, Carolina PanthersThe Panthers announced that they have exercised Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option. The All-Pro linebacker has been one of the league's best defensive players over the past three seasons.

No. 10 pick Stephon Gilmore, Buffalo Bills: The Bills have exercised their fifth-year option on the cornerback, the team announced Tuesday.

No. 11 pick Dontari Poe, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on the defensive tackle, according to Breer, per a source.

No. 12 pick Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles:The Eagles have exercised their fifth-year option on Cox, the team announced.

No. 13 pick Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals have exercised their fifth-year option on Floyd, the team announced.

No. 14 pick Michael Brockers, St. Louis Rams: The Rams will keep the defensive tackle through at least 2016, according to Breer.

No. 15 pick Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks don't plan on picking up the fifth-year option for Irvin, according to Rapoport. However, Seattle would like to re-sign the linebacker when his contract runs out. Irvin tweeted before the deadline that his option wasn't picked up.

No. 16 pick Quinton Coples, New York Jets: The Jets have picked up the fifth-year option on the outside linebacker, per Breer.

No. 17 pick Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on the cornerback, the team announced.

No. 18 pick Melvin Ingram, San Diego Chargers: San Diego isn't giving up on Ingram. The team announced that they have picked up the linebacker's fifth-year option.

No. 19 pick Shea McClellin, Chicago Bears: Bears GM Ryan Pace announced the team won't pick up McClellin's option.

No. 20 pick Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans: The Titans announced they'll pick up Wright's option.

No. 21 pick Chandler Jones, New England Patriots: The Patriots filed and picked up Jones' fifth-year option, according to Breer.

No. 22 pick Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns Weeden is ineligible for the option because he was released by the Browns

No. 23 pick Riley Reiff, Detroit Lions Lions GM Martin Mayhew announced Friday that the team will pick up Reiff's fifth-year option. 

No. 24 pick David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers picked up the fifth-year option on their young guard, according to Breer. 

No. 25 pick Dont'a Hightower, New England Patriots: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots are picking up Hightower's option.

No. 26 pick Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the Texans are not picking up Mercilus's option, but they offered an extension. Both sides agreed on a four-year deal worth $26 million with $10.5 million guaranteed.

No. 27 pick Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals announced the team has exercised the fifth-year option on the offensive lineman.

No. 28 pick Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers: The Packers did not pick up Perry's option.

No. 29 pick Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings picked up his option.

No. 30 pick A.J. Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers: Jenkins is currently a free agent. The wideout last played in Kansas City.

No. 31 pick Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs did not pick up Martin's option, per Rapoport.

No. 32 pick David Wilson, New York Giants: The running back retired from football in 2014.

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