The May 3 deadline is approaching for NFL teams to option the fifth year on rookie contracts for their 2016 first-round picks, and some clubs are getting out ahead of the pack.
Since New Year's Eve, teams have been afforded the opportunity to extend rookie deals of any player selected in the 2016 draft and to exercise the fifth-year options for their first-round selections from that draft. The window to exercise said option closes on May 3, one week after the start of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Below are the 31 first-round picks from the 2016 draft and their fifth-year option statuses (New England's first-round pick was forfeited as a result of Deflategate):
7. DeForest Buckner, DE, San Francisco 49ers:Picked up. The Niners picked up his fifth-year option on April 24, the team announced.
11. Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Picked up. The Bucs picked up Hargreaves' fifth-year option on April 24, the team announced.
23. Laquon Treadwell, WR, Minnesota Vikings:Not picked up. Minnesota declined to pick up Treadwell's fifth-year option, the team announced.
24. William Jackson, CB, Cincinnati Bengals:Picked up. Cincinnati picked up his fifth-year option on April 24, the team announced.
28. Joshua Garnett, G, San Francisco 49ers:Not picked up. The Niners will not pick up Garnett's option, Pelissero reports.
*Fifth-year salaries are determined by draft position. The first 10 picks earn pay equal to the average of the 10 highest salaries at their position. The remainder of the first round is the average of the third through 25th highest salaries at the position. Per the CBA, a player's position is determined by where he took the most snaps during his third league year.