NFL fifth-year option tracker for 2018 first-round picks: Bills bringing back Josh Allen in 2022


There is no rest for the weary in the NFL. Today, just two days after the completion of the 2021 draft, teams will have to decide whether or not to pick up the options of their 2018 first-round draft picks. If they do, the players will be under contract through the 2022 season. Conversely, each player who does not have their option picked up will likely enter free agency next offseason. 

Here’s a look at each player who has and has not had their options picked up. Several teams made the decision to pick up their player’s option prior to deadline day, while some teams waited until Monday to make a decision. 

Players whose fifth-year options were picked up 

QB Josh Allen, Bills 

QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens 

QB, Baker Mayfield, Browns

QB Sam Darnold, Panthers

RB Saquon Barkley, Giants

WR D.J. Moore, Panthers 

WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons 

G Quenton Nelson, Colts

OT Mike McGlinchey, 49ers 

OT Isaiah Wynn, Patriots

C Frank Ragnow, Lions

DE Marcus Davenport, Saints 

DT Vita Vea, Buccaneers 

DT Daron Payne, Washington 

LB Bradley Chubb, Broncos 

LB Roquan Smith, Bears 

LB Tremaine Edmunds, Bills 

CB Denzel Ward, Browns 

CB Jaire Alexander, Chargers 

S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Steelers 

S Derwin James, Chargers 

Players whose fifth-year options were declined

QB Josh Rosen, 49ers (released)

RB Rashaad Penny, Seahawks 

RB Sony Michel, Patriots

TE Hayden Hurst, Falcons 

C Billy Price, Bengals

LB Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys

LB Rashaan Evans, Titans

CB Mike Hughes, Vikings

S Terrell Edmunds, Steelers 

Players who received contract extensions 

OT Kolton Miller, Raiders (3-year, $68.7M extension)

Players awaiting decision

DT Taven Bryan, Jaguars



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