The new rookie wage scale adopted in 2011 requires that all rookies sign four-year contracts. For players taken in the first round, the team has the option to extend the contract for an extra season.
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Decision time has come and gone for the NFL Draft class of 2011. NFL teams had until midnight Friday to decide whether to pick up the extra year in the contract.
Players in the top 10 got a deal equal to the league's transition tag number. Players drafted No. 11-32 got a big raise -- but not quite that big.
The decision to extend the deal wasn't too difficult for solid starters. The salary is guaranteed for injury only, so the team could still cut a player before the 2015 season if they chose. We have used this page to keep track of which players had or didn't have their fifth-year options picked up.
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No. 26 pick Jonathan Baldwin, Kansas City Chiefs: No surprises here. The 49ers declined the option on the wide receiver, whom they acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs last August in exchange for fellow wideout A.J. Jenkins. Baldwin will fight for a roster spot after catching just three passes last season.