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It's fifth-year-option exercising season, and with the May 3 deadline looming, teams are already extending their 2014 first-round picks for at least one more year.
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While all rookies are required to sign four-year deals out of the draft, teams have the option to pick up a fifth-year option on first-round picks. In that case, the fifth year's salary is guaranteed for injury when employed. For the 2014 draft class, that fifth season will be 2018, or the one after next.
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 at their position. For the remainder of the first round, the wage is the average of the third through 25th highest salaries at the position.
Three seasons in, the 2014 first round is a mixed bag of Pro Bowl regulars (Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham), stars in the making (Jadeveon Clowney, Zack Martin) and, well, former Browns.
Who deserves another year with his original team? Which players will be seeking either new employment or a new extension after the 2017 campaign closes?
Follow along below with our fifth-year option tracker (analysis where applicable):
No. 2 pick Greg Robinson, Los Angeles Rams The addition of Andrew Whitworth means Robinson is expected to move to right tackle in his first season under Sean McVay. With Aaron Donald, the Rams' second first-round selection, receiving a fifth year, it's unlikely L.A. will dish out the same to the higher, more underwhelming pick.
No. 6 pick Jake Matthews, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons announced on April 25 that they picked up Matthews' fifth-year option. In three seasons in Atlanta, the left tackle has started all 47 games he has played in.
No. 7 pick Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: General manager Jason Licht announced on April 17 that Tampa Bay has picked up Evans' fifth-year option. The next step will be working out a long-term deal to secure the wideout for the duration of the Winston era.
No. 9 pick Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
No. 10 pick Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
No. 13 pick Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams: No-brainer for the Rams here. Los Angeles picked up its star defensive lineman's 2018 year on April 12. Expect the Rams to try and lock down a multi-year deal with Donald before that fifth season comes to a close.
No. 15 pick Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 17 pick C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens announced they've officially picked up Mosely's option. The announcement was no surprise as coach John Harbaugh said in March that he's "sure" Baltimore will pick up the option, adding, "I expect C.J. Mosley to be a Raven for many, many, many years."
No. 18 pick Calvin Pryor, New York Jets: Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters on April 25 that, in regards to the safety's 2018 option, the team will "make that determination after the draft."
No. 19 pick Ja'Wuan James, Miami Dolphins
No. 21 pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers
No. 22 pick Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns: One of Cleveland's most notable draft busts in its recent history -- that's saying more than something -- Manziel has been out of football since the end of the 2015 season and out of rehab multiple times. The quarterback is currently attempting a comeback and was even seen talking with Saints coach Sean Payton about a return to the pros, but being that his contract is void, there is no fifth-year -- or any year -- option to be exercised.
No. 23 pick Dee Ford, Kansas City Chiefs
No. 24 pick Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals: The team announced on April 28 they have exercised the cornerback's fifth-year option.
No. 25 pick Jason Verrett, San Diego Chargers
No. 26 pick Marcus Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 28 pick Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers: General manager Dave Gettleman told reporters in March that Carolina intends to pick up Benjamin's fifth-year option. The move to keep Cam Netwon's top tall target in house will cost the Panthers roughly $8 million.
No. 29 pick Dominique Easley, New England Patriots
No. 30 pick Jimmie Ward, San Francisco 49ers
No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings