Study: Status Of 2013 Fifth-Year Options

There has been a lot of discussion, rightfully, recently about the future status of Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who is entering his fourth season, and as a former first-round draft pick, that means that the team’s decision to pick up his fifth-year option is due soon.

The majority opinion is certainly that he has not played to a level that would merit the compensation, which in his case, for an outside linebacker selected after the first 10 picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, would come out to $8,369,000.

That salary, of course, would not be guaranteed for anything but career-threatening injury until the start of the 2017 season, which is the basis by which many argue that it should be picked up now even if he hasn’t earned it.

Many, however, have also pointed to a supposed fact that there had been little movement thus far when it comes to teams picking up the options of their former first-round draft picks during this offseason.

In order to provide some context, I have done some research, starting with my basis using Pro Football Talk’s fifth-round option tracker, with which I fleshed out with hypotheticals using the salient analysis of Joel Corry written earlier in the month for CBS Sports, as well as some additional research, to fill in the gaps.

To start, of the 32 former first-round draft picks, only 30 are due an option this offseason, as the result of one release, and in the case of another, a suspension resulting in the option getting pushed back. Of the 30 remaining, eight have had their fifth-year option picked up, with another signing a long-term extension already.

Of the remaining 21 players, an additional eight have been said previously to be likely to be signed to their fifth-year option, or work out a long-term deal, with an additional eight players being unlikely to have their option picked up, including one player who was recently traded for.

The remaining five players have a status that is unclear, and that includes the Steelers’ Jones, in addition to Sylvester Williams of the Broncos, Datone Jones of the Packers, Tavon Austin of the Rams, and Luke Joeckel of the Jaguars.

  1. Eric Fisher, OT, Chiefs (talking about extension)
  2. Luke Joeckel, OT, Jaguars (after draft)
  3. Dion Jordan, DE, Dolphins (his suspension froze his contract and pushes the option back)
  4. Lane Johnson, OT, Eagles (previously signed a new, long-term dealwith the Eagles)
  5. Ziggy Ansah, DE, Lions (expected)
  6. Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Browns (unlikely)
  7. Jonathan Cooper, G, Cardinals (traded)
  8. Tavon Austin, WR, Rams (unclear)
  9. Dee Milliner, CB, Jets (unlikely)
  10. Chance Warmack, G, Titans (unlikely)
  11. D.J. Fluker, OT, Chargers (the Chargers announced they’ve picked uphis option)
  12. DJ Hayden, CB, Raiders (unlikely)
  13. Sheldon Richardson, DT, Jets (expected)
  14. Star Lotulelei, DT, Panthers (the Panthers picked uphis option)
  15. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Saints (was the first player to have his option picked up)
  16. E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills (unlikely)
  17. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Steelers (unclear)
  18. Eric Reid, S, 49ers (option or extension)
  19. Justin Pugh, OL, Giants (the Giants have picked up his option)
  20. Kyle Long, OL, Bears (the Bears announced they have picked up the option)
  21. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals (the Bengals announced they have picked up the option)
  22. Desmond Trufant, CB, Falcons (the Falcons announced they have picked up the option)
  23. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Vikings (expected)
  24. Bjoern Werner, DE, Colts (was cutby the Colts last month)
  25. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Vikings (expected)
  26. Datone Jones, DE, Packers (unclear)
  27. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans (the Texans exercisedthe option on Hopkins’ contract)
  28. Sylvester Williams, DT, Broncos (unclear)
  29. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings (unlikely)
  30. Alec Ogletree, LB, Rams (expected)
  31. Travis Frederick, C, Cowboys (expected)
  32. Matt Elam, S, Ravens (unlikely)

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  • Spencer Krick

    What do you think Jarvis’ market value is right now? 2-3mil a year?

  • William Weaver

    Werner from the colts failed out already. Is there a reason why? I see his combine numbers aren’t real explosive but everyone had him pegged wrong then. Wouldn’t he be worth a vet minimum contract with no guarantee to make the 53 just to look at him yourself? He is still available. He want more then anyone will pay or nobody even offering vet minimum?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Just shows how its really hit or miss even in the first round. Why does anyone listen to the supposed experts on TV? Tell me again.

    No way should they pick up the option on JJ.

    However if Cordarrelle Patterson can be had on the cheap in the next year or 2, I would go get him. Have you ever seen his change of direction at full speed? It is other worldly! Just as a returner, he would be worth it, but the Steelers could even turn him into a part timer on Offense.

  • CP72

    What would this offense look like with DeAndre Hopkins or Tyler Eifert…..sigh

  • William Weaver

    I wanted them to draft him that year. Glad they didn’t! It is a crap shoot for sure. Not sure why he has failed with the Vikings. Don’t pay enough attention to them. You know?

  • William Weaver

    Torturing yourself. Don’t do that! Haha

  • falconsaftey43

    He just doesn’t seem to understand how to play the position. Looks like a lot of miss communication with the QB. Great with the ball in his hands though. I had really wanted the Steelers to draft him too.

  • NonnaYourbiz

    indeed, I was a big fan of Hopkins for us. Ugh.

  • NW86

    I think this can give fans a little perspective. We Steelers fans are spoiled by the organization’s level of success in the draft, as evidence not only by our previous first round option players Heyward and DeCastro, but also by that Washington Post study last week showing the Steelers as the best drafting team over the past 20 years. Fans call Jarvis a huge bust, and by those standards, he is. But compare him to many of the other players on this list, even some of those picked in the top 10, and Jarvis isn’t bad at all. He is still in the league, and is a semi-productive starter. He will play in this league in 2017 too.

    While I don’t consider him a bust, I still don’t think we should pick up his option. That should be reserved for the true draft “hits” like Heyward and DeCastro. 😉

  • Richard

    somebody should mpve him to rb. he has size and feet why not give it a shot.

  • The GreekGeek

    Wow, in retrospect, this was not a very good 1st round draft. Hopkins and Eifert the only clear stars of the bunch, with a few solid starters behind them. Then a bunch of disappointment. The Jones pick doesn’t seem as bad looking at this list (although I am sure there are some second and third rounders who could probably make a case for a first rounder in a redraft)

  • Kevin artis

    If JJ was a free agent just coming to the team his production would be okay. He is just not worth 8 mill and did not live up to his draft status.

  • He is basically a worse version of Jarvis Jones that didn’t even dress for 6 games last year.

  • I didn’t like the idea of drafting Patterson then, I don’t like it now. He’s not a good WR.

  • Xavier Rhodes is the one that stings for me as someone we passed on. He has been a very good CB. Eric Reid stings a little as well.