NFL Players Who Need Big 2016 Season to Earn 5th-Year Contract Option

June 17, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Under the current collective bargaining agreement, NFL teams have to make a decision on whether they will pick up their first-round pick's fifth-year option during the offseason following the third year of the player's career.
Last May, 12 first-round picks of 2013 had their options declined, while Bjoern Werner was already released from his contract and Dion Jordan was suspended for a full year, pushing back the option's due date a season.
When looking at the 2014 class, there are some names that stand out when considering if these draft picks are on good terms with their franchises heading into the 2016 season.
First off, two of the 32 picks have already been released by their original teams, as former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is on the open market and former New England Patriots under tackle Dominique Easley is now on the Los Angeles Rams' roster.
Heading into this year of NFL football, five prospects—two of whom were top-10 picks two yea...

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