Fifth Year Option Projections

The 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for teams to exercise a fifth year option for players drafted in the first round as an addition to the standard four year rookie contract. Article 7, Section 7(g) provides for four different tiers of salary for the fifth year option, calculated as follows:

  • Basic: Players who do not meet any of the requirements below will be eligible for a fifth year base salary calculated from the average of the 3rd to 25th highest salaries at their position over the past five seasons.

  • Playtime: These players will be eligible for a fifth year base salary calculated from the average of the 3rd to 20th highest salaries at their position over the past five seasons, provided that their snap counts over their first three seasons meet one of the following three criteria:

    • 75% or greater in two of their first three seasons
    • an average of 75% or greater over all three seasons
    • 50% or greater over all three seasons
  • One Pro Bowl: Players who are named to exactly one Pro Bowl on the original ballot (not as an alternate) will be eligible for a fifth year base salary equal to the transition tender at their position.

  • Multiple Pro Bowls: Players who are named to two or three Pro Bowls on the original ballot (not as an alternate) will be eligible for a fifth year base salary equal to the franchise tender at their position.

Upon being exercised, the fifth year option is fully guaranteed, and any base salary in the player's fourth year that was not fully guaranteed will become so.

Article 10, Section 7(a) groups all offensive linemen together, and uses antiquated designations for interior defensive linemen and edge rushers. IDL are separated to defensive tackle and defensive end, even if the player is an edge rusher in a 4-3 defense, while edge rushers in a 3-4 defense are considered linebackers. In these cases, this designation is shown in parentheses.

2018 First Round Class

* fifth year option was exercised
PickPlayerTeamPositionBasicPlaytime1 Pro Bowl>1 Pro Bowl
1Baker Mayfield*BrownsQB$16,534,000$18,858,000$23,106,000$25,104,000
2Saquon Barkley*GiantsRB$4,523,000$5,016,000$7,217,000$8,655,000
3Sam Darnold*PanthersQB$16,534,000$18,858,000$23,106,000$25,104,000
4Denzel Ward*BrownsCB$9,392,000$10,279,000$13,294,000$15,060,000
5Bradley Chubb*BroncosEDGE (LB)$9,145,000$9,735,000$12,716,000$14,791,000
6Quenton Nelson*ColtsLG (OL)$10,413,000$10,880,000$12,657,000$13,754,000
7Josh Allen*BillsQB$16,534,000$18,858,000$23,106,000$25,104,000
8Roquan Smith*BearsLB$9,145,000$9,735,000$12,716,000$14,791,000
9Mike McGlinchey*49ersRT (OL)$10,413,000$10,880,000$12,657,000$13,754,000
11Minkah Fitzpatrick*SteelersS$6,201,000$6,753,000$9,052,000$10,612,000
12Vita Vea*BuccaneersIDL (DT)$7,638,000$8,529,000$11,752,000$13,888,000
13Da'Ron Payne*WashingtonIDL (DT)$7,638,000$8,529,000$11,752,000$13,888,000
14Marcus Davenport*SaintsEDGE (DE)$9,553,000$10,386,000$12,926,000$16,069,000
16Tremaine Edmunds*BillsLB$9,145,000$9,735,000$12,716,000$14,791,000
17Derwin James*ChargersS$6,201,000$6,753,000$9,052,000$10,612,000
18Jaire Alexander*PackersCB$9,392,000$10,279,000$13,294,000$15,060,000
19Leighton Vander EschCowboysLB$9,145,000$9,735,000$12,716,000$14,791,000
21Billy PriceBengalsC (OL)$10,413,000$10,880,000$12,657,000$13,754,000
22Rashaan EvansTitansLB$9,145,000$9,735,000$12,716,000$14,791,000
23Isaiah Wynn*PatriotsLT (OL)$10,413,000$10,880,000$12,657,000$13,754,000
24D.J. Moore*PanthersWR$10,250,000$11,116,000$14,340,000$15,983,000
25Hayden HurstFalconsTE$5,428,000$6,021,000$8,182,000$9,601,000
26Calvin Ridley*FalconsWR$10,250,000$11,116,000$14,340,000$15,983,000
27Rashaad PennySeahawksRB$4,523,000$5,016,000$7,217,000$8,655,000
28Terrell EdmundsSteelersS$6,201,000$6,753,000$9,052,000$10,612,000
29Taven BryanJaguarsIDL (DT)$7,638,000$8,529,000$11,752,000$13,888,000
30Mike HughesChiefsCB$9,392,000$10,279,000$13,294,000$15,060,000
31Sony MichelPatriotsRB$4,523,000$5,016,000$7,217,000$8,655,000
32Lamar Jackson*RavensQB$16,534,000$18,858,000$23,106,000$25,104,000