Fifth-Year Option Tracker: Trevor Lawrence, Ja’Marr Chase & More

The deadline for teams to exercise 2025 fifth-year options for 2021 first-round picks is May 2.

If a player’s option is picked up, they will be under contract through the 2025 season.

If a player’s option is declined, they will be eligible for free agency following the 2024 season.

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2021 Draft Class Fifth-Year Option Tracker:

PickTeamPlayerPosition5th-Yr ValueExercised
1JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQB$25.7 million Yes
2JetsZach WilsonQB$22.4 millionNo
3CowboysTrey LanceQB$22.4 millionNo
4FalconsKyle PittsTE$10.9 millionYes
5BengalsJa'Marr ChaseWR$21.8 millionYes
6DolphinsJaylen WaddleWR$15.6 millionYes
7LionsPenei SewellOT$19.0 millionYes
8PanthersJaycee HornCB$12.5 millionYes
9BroncosPatrick Surtain IICB$19.8 millionYes
10EaglesDeVonta SmithWR$15.6 millionYes
11SteelersJustin FieldsQB$25.7 millionNo
12CowboysMicah ParsonsEDGE$21.3 millionYes
13ChargersRashawn SlaterOT$19.0 millionYes
14JetsAlijah Vera-TuckerOG$15.3 millionYes
15JaguarsMac JonesQB$25.7 millionNo
16CardinalsZaven CollinsEDGE$13.3 millionNo
17Free AgentAlex LeatherwoodOTNot EligibleNo
18DolphinsJaelan PhillipsEDGE$13.3 millionYes
19CommandersJamin DavisLB$14.5 millionNo
20ChiefsKadarius ToneyWR$14.3 millionNo
21ColtsKwity PayeEDGE$13.4 millionYes
22TitansCaleb FarleyCB$12.5 millionNo
23VikingsChristian DarrisawOT$16.0 millionYes
24SteelersNajee HarrisRB$6.8 millionNo
25JaguarsTravis EtienneRB$6.1 millionYes
26BrownsGreg Newsome IICB$13.4 millionYes
27RavensRashod BatemanWR$14.3 millionNo
28SaintsPayton TurnerEDGE$13.4 millionNo
29PackersEric StokesCB$12.5 millionNo
30BillsGregory RousseauEDGE$13.4 millionYes
31RavensOdafe OwehEDGE$13.3 millionYes
32BuccaneersJoe Tryon-ShoyinkaEDGE$13.3 millionNo

Fifth-year option values from Over The Cap.

When is the deadline for exercising the fifth-year option?

May 2 is the deadline for teams to exercise the fifth-year option on 2021 first rounders.

How many players had their fifth-year option picked up?

18 first-round picks from the 2021 NFL Draft had their fifth-year option picked up.

Which players had their fifth-year option picked up?

  • Trevor Lawrence – 2025 Salary: $25.6 million
  • Ja’Marr Chase – 2025 Salary: $21.8 million
  • Micah Parsons – 2025 Salary: $21.3 million
  • Patrick Surtain II – 2025 Salary: $19.8 million
  • Penei Sewell – 2025 Salary: 19.0 million
  • Rashawn Slater – 2025 Salary: 19.0 million
  • Christian Darrisaw – 2025 Salary: $16.0 million
  • DeVonta Smith – 2025 Salary: $15.6 million
  • Jaylen Waddle – 2025 Salary: $15.6 million
  • Alijah VeraTucker – 2025 Salary: $15.3 million
  • Greg Rousseau – 2025 Salary: $13.4 million
  • Greg Newsome – 2025 Salary: $13.4 million
  • Kwity Paye – 2025 Salary: $13.4 million
  • Odafe Oweh – 2025 Salary: $13.3 million
  • Jaelan Phillips – 2025 Salary: $13.3 million
  • Jaycee Horn – 2025 Salary: $12.5 million
  • Kyle Pitts – 2025 Salary: $10.8 million
  • Travis Etienne – 2025 Salary: $6.1 million

Which players had their fifth-year option declined?

  • Najee Harris
  • Zach Wilson
  • Justin Fields
  • Mac Jones
  • Trey Lance
  • Rashod Bateman (Signed two-year extension)
  • Kadarius Toney
  • Zaven Collins
  • Caleb Farley
  • Eric Stokes
  • Jamin Davis
  • Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
  • Payton Turner
  • Alex Leatherwood

Which positions have had the most fifth-year options picked up?

Tight ends have the best hit rate for fifth-year options with 8 of 9 earning the extra year (89%).

Running backs have the worst hit rate for fifth-year options with just 6 of 16 earning the extra year (38%)

Which teams have had the most success with fifth-year options?

TeamEligible PlayersHits*Hit Rate
Texans88100%
Panthers111091%
Rams8788%
Chargers121083%
Falcons11982%
Bengals12975%
Chiefs7571%
Dolphins141071%
BIlls10770%
Cowboys10770%
Saints12867%
Lions11764%
Packers11764%
Buccaneers11764%
Colts8563%
Jets13862%
Broncos10660%
Eagles10660%
Commanders10660%
Ravens12758%
Giants13754%
VIkings15853%
Steelers10550%
Browns16850%
49ers14750%
Cardinals11545%
Patriots9444%
Titans12542%
Jaguars13538%
Bears9333%
Raiders12325%
Seahawks600%
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