Guide to fifth-year
Agent's Take: Guide to fifth-year options for every NFL team's first-round pick from 2018
The decisions on fifth-year options are obscured because of the timing. NFL teams typically don't turn their attention to fifth-year options until the conclusion of the NFL Draft, which takes place April 29-May 1 this year, when the window to pick up options is coming to a close. The window with 2018 first-round picks began Jan. 4, a day after the 2020 regular season ended. The options must be exercised prior to May 3.
The decision to pick up options is more complicated because the new NFL collective bargaining agreement has changed how fifth-year options operate.