NFL teams recently had to decide whether to exercise their fifth year options on 2013 first round Draft picks. The Jets had a pair, Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson. They picked up Richardson's option but declined Milliner's. Since none of the money for the option year would be guaranteed, declining this option is a big mark against a player.
How uncommon was it for the Jets to decline Milliner's option? Not as uncommon as you might think. Of the 32 players drafted in the first round, 12 had their option declined. On top of that, another Bjoern Werner has already been released, and Dion Jordan has been suspended. The suspension took Jordan's option off the table by delaying his free agency for a year. The Dolphins surely would have declined it. So close to half of the 2013 Draft class was so unsuccessful that it did not merit the option being picked up. That still is not a lot of consolation given how poorly the Milliner pick has worked out, but it is something.
Below is a list of all fifth year options.
|7||NE (traded from ARI)||Jonathan Cooper||G||No|
|24||IND||Bjorn Werner||OLB||Already Released|