Pick it up!
It's fifth-year-option exercising season, and with the deadline at end of the day on May 2, teams are already extending their 2014 first-round picks for at least one more year.
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.
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, the Rams declined to pick up Robinson's option, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed May 2.
No. 15 pick Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh Steelers:The linebacker's option has been picked up by the team, according to multiple reports.
No. 17 pick C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravensannounced 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. 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. 24 pick Darqueze Dennard, Cincinnati Bengals: The team announced on April 28 they have exercised the cornerback's fifth-year option.