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NFL 5th year option tracker for 2020 draft class

NFL teams have until May 1st to exercise fifth-year options for players drafted in 2020.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (10) runs for yards after the catch against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The window to begin exercising fifth-year options for players from the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft class began closes on May 1st.

This season, as in most seasons, there is some intrigue as to who will and who won’t have their fifth-year option picked up. The Lions’ CB Jeff Okudah, Cardinals’ ILB Jeffery Simmons, Jaguars CB C.J. Henderson, Jets’ OT Mekhi Becton, Dolphins OT Austin Jackson, Jaguars LB K’Lavon Chaisson, Vikings WR Jalen Reagor, Dolphins CB Noaj Igbinoghene, and Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire are all players who could end up not having their option exercised.

The rules have changed a bit since the last collective bargaining agreement, as of player’s fourth- and fifth-year base salary becomes fully guaranteed once their fifth-year option is picked up. In the past, teams could still release players before locking in those base salaries. Playing time and Pro Bowl nods can also help a player see more money tacked onto their base salary if their option is picked up.

There are of course plenty of players who will either get their fifth year option exercised or even get contract extensions before then. Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and Justin Jefferson are at the top of their games and will get paid to be sure.

One player who has already gotten his fifth-year option picked up is Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa. There is of course some worry about the concussions that ended his 2022 season, but his play on the field was strong and he fit well with Mike McDaniel’s offense. Miami will take on that risk when they pay their QB over $25 million in 2024 if they don’t give him a contract extension before then.


The Jets are not exercising OT Mekhi Becton’s 5th-year option.

The Chiefs have declined to pick up RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 5th-year option, per Matt Derrick. This isn’t surprising as he slipped down the depth chart last season.

The Packers have signed Jordan Love to an extension in lieu of his 5th-year option.


The Ravens will not pick up LB Patrick Queen’s 5th-year option.

The Broncos exercised WR Jerry Jeudy’s 5th year option, while the Jaguars didn’t exercise DE K’Lavon Chaisson’s option, but did exercise DT Derrick Brown’s.

5/1 UPDATE: The Browns are picking up LT Jedrick Wills’ 5th year option, per Jeremy Fowler. The Buccaneers are picking up RT Tristan Wirfs’ 5th year option. The 49ers will not pick up DT Javon Kinlaw’s option. The Chargers will not pick up LB Kenneth Murray’s option.

4/28 UPDATE: Justin Herbert, A.J. Terrell and Brandon Aiyuk have all had their fifth-year options picked up.

4/26 UPDATE: The No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Chase Young, will not have his 5th-year option exercised. Injuries have kept Young off the field, which likely has pushed them to make this decision.

4/25 UPDATE: Justin Jefferson, Joe Burrow and CeeDee Lamb all have had their 5th-year option picked up. We can expect them to get contract extensions before they have to play on that option, but nothing is set in stone.

NFL fifth-year option tracker

5th year option tracker for 2020 draft class

2020 pick Name Team POS 5th yr option Exercised Not exercised
2020 pick Name Team POS 5th yr option Exercised Not exercised
1 Joe Burrow Bengals QB $29,504,000 X
2 Chase Young Commanders EDGE (DE) $17,452,000 X
3 Jeff Okudah Lions CB $14,362,000 not eligible
4 Andrew Thomas Giants LT (OL) $21,172,000 X
5 Tua Tagovailoa Dolphins QB $25,382,000 X
6 Justin Herbert Chargers QB $29,504,000 X
7 Derrick Brown Panthers IDL (DT) $13,192,000 X
8 Isaiah Simmons Cardinals LB $11,369,000 X
9 C.J. Henderson Panthers CB $14,362,000 X
10 Jedrick Wills Browns LT (OL) $21,172,000 X
11 Mekhi Becton Jets RT (OL) $20,239,000 X
13 Tristan Wirfs Buccaneers RT (OL) $18,244,000 X
14 Javon Kinlaw 49ers IDL (DT) $12,245,000 X
15 Jerry Jeudy Broncos WR $19,071,000 X
16 A.J. Terrell Falcons CB $15,724,000 X
17 CeeDee Lamb Cowboys WR $17,991,000 X
18 Austin Jackson Dolphins RT (OL) $21,172,000 X
20 K'Lavon Chaisson Jaguars EDGE (DE) $7,114,000 X
21 Jalen Reagor Vikings WR $19,071,000 X
22 Justin Jefferson Vikings WR $19,743,000 X
23 Kenneth Murray Chargers LB $9,954,000 X
24 Cesar Ruiz Saints RG (OL) $21,172,000 X
25 Brandon Aiyuk 49ers WR $20,639,000 X
26 Jordan Love Packers QB $21,770,000 signed extension
27 Jordyn Brooks Seahawks LB $11,369,000 X
28 Patrick Queen Ravens LB $11,369,000 X
30 Noah Igbinoghene Dolphins CB $14,362,000 X
32 Clyde Edwards-Helaire Chiefs RB $7,525,000 X