Dynasty Impact: Fifth-Year Option Candidates
“For players drafted in the top 10, the cost of the fifth year is the average of the top 10 salaries in the NFL at that player’s position in the fourth year of their contracts. For players drafted anywhere in the range of 11th to 32nd overall, it is the average of the third-highest paid player to the 25th-highest paid player at that player’s position in the fourth year of their contracts.”
The money is fully guaranteed for injury only. So if a player suffers a catastrophic injury in Year 4 that causes him to miss his entire fifth year, he’s still getting paid. This is where it can become risky, especially if the player has shown signs of developing a deep relationship with the physio’s couch.
So, with all that explained, let’s get right into it starting with the man taken first overall in 2015, Jameis Winston.