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How Many Teams Declined a Fifth Year Option Like the Jets Did With Dee Milliner?

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Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

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.

1 KC Eric Fisher OT Yes
2 JAX Luke Joeckel OT No
3 MIA Dion Jordan DE Suspension
4 PHI Lane Johnson OT Extended
5 DET Ezekiel Ansah DE Yes
6 CLE Barkevious Mingo DE No
7 NE (traded from ARI) Jonathan Cooper G No
8 LAR Tavon Austin WR Yes
9 NYJ Dee Milliner CB No
10 TEN Chance Warmack G No
11 SD D.J. Fluker OT Yes
12 OAK D.J. Hayden CB No
13 NYJ Sheldon Richardson DE Yes
14 CAR Star Lotulelei DT Yes
15 NO Kenny Vaccaro S Yes
16 BUF EJ Manuel QB No
17 PIT Jarvis Jones OLB No
18 SF Eric Reid S Yes
19 NYG Justin Pugh OT Yes
20 CHI Kyle Long G Yes
21 CIN Tyler Eifert TE Yes
22 ATL Desmond Trufant CB Yes
23 MIN Sharrif Floyd DT Yes
24 IND Bjorn Werner OLB Already Released
25 MIN Xavier Rhodes CB Yes
26 GB Datone Jones DE No
27 HOU DeAndre Hopkins WR Yes
28 DEN Sylvester Williams DT No
29 MIN Cordarrelle Patterson WR No
30 LAR Alec Ogletree LB Yes
31 DAL Travis Frederick C Yes
32 BAL Matt Elam S No