Our annual fifth-year option tracker is live! Feel the excitement, internet.
The rookie wage scale, created in 2011, requires all first-year players to sign four-year deals. Teams then have the option to exercise a fifth-year option for all first-round picks. The fifth year (2017 for those taken in the 2013 draft) is guaranteed for injury when employed.
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.
The 2013 draft class was one of the worst in memory, especially in the top 10, where Ziggy Ansah was the only true no-brainer pickup.
Let's dive in to the entire class: