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How will fifth-year-option game for Class of 2012 play out?

How will fifth-year-option game for Class of 2012 play out?
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Teams started playing the option game over the past Troy Aikman Authentic Jersey week for 2012 first-round draft picks. The Indianapolis Colts exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Andrew Luck at $16.155 million. Linebackers Melvin Ingram (San Diego) and Quinton Coples (New York Jets) had their options picked up at $7.751 million. The Pittsburgh Steelers did the same with guard David DeCastro at $8.08 million. It's a fascinating game and getting more interesting by the day. Teams have until May 3 to exercise a fifth-year option on first-rounders from the 2012 draft. Tenders for top-10 picks are calculated using the average of the top 10 salaries by position. Picks 11 through 32 are tendered at the average of the top 25. The stakes are high, and the decisions can be difficult. Go back to last year, when 21 fifth-year options were picked up on first-rounders from the Class of 2011. Four of those players ended up signing massive contract extensions: J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Patrick Peterson and Tyron Smith. On Friday, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who came from that 2011 draft class, agreed to what has been reported to be a five-year, $52.15 million extension, shattering the record price for centers. The Oakland Raiders lured Kansas City center Rodney Hudson in free agency for $8.9 million a year. If the center position is going to take such a big jump, imagine what might happen in negotiations for Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and other players at prime positions. How well the 2011 class does in negotiations Alex Boone Authentic Jersey will shape the price of top players for the future. But let's get into the option game for the 2012 class. Here are some of the most interesting situations. 1. Picking up the options on quarterbacks. It's a no-brainer for the Dolphins to pick up Ryan Tannehill's option at $16.155 million. They want to give him a contract extension between $15 million and $17 million a year. The tougher decision involves Robert Griffin III, who is coming off two shaky seasons. The option isn't fully guaranteed (except in the event of injury) until next March, so the Washington Redskins can pull the option at any time. But by May 3, they have to make the first move. It will be interesting to see if Marcus Mariota falls to the No. 5 pick and the Redskins take him for value. 2. The trend is to pick up the option when in doubt. That happened last week with Coples, the 16th pick of the 2012 draft, and Ingram, the 18th pick. Coples has 16½ sacks in three seasons. Ingram has six sacks and missed 19 games with injuries. If you believe Pro Football Focus ratings, Coples ranked 40th among linebackers last year and Ingram 36th, neither of which likely merits a $7.8 million salary. The fact the Chargers and Jets picked up their options shows that other teams with picks from 11 from 32 will likely do the same. Wide receivers Michael Floyd (Arizona) and Jarius Wright (Minnesota) should be picked up at $7.32 million. The Detroit Lions may not have a great left tackle in Riley Reiff, but they can't let him go when the cost is $8.08 million. Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe is a bargain at $6.146 million. Questions remain for cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick of the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, linebacker Shea McClellin of the Chicago Bears and linebacker Whitney Mercilus of the Houston Texans. 3. Other top decisions in the top 10. The Minnesota Vikings face a tough one with left tackle Matt Kalil. As a rookie, he was a Pro Bowl alternate. But he has struggled over the past two years. According to Stats Inc., he gave up 16 sacks last season. The option price is $11.096 million. It's probably worth the gamble for the Vikings to pick up the option, but Kalil will have to improve to keep it. The same can be said for Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne. By his third year, he was no more than the third cornerback. With their tight cap issues, the Cowboys can't afford $11.082 million for a third corner. 4. Most interesting position. There are eight http://www.chiefsnflofficialproshop.com/Joe-Montana-Jersey linebackers from the class -- Luke Kuechly, Bruce Irvin, Couples, Ingram, McClellin, Mercilus, Nick Perry and Dont'a Hightower. Kuechly's fifth-year option would cost the Panthers $11.058 million because he was in the top 10. The rest are at $7.751 million. 5. A big-money offensive line. By picking up the option on DeCastro, the Steelers could be putting together a record-setting offensive line in terms of money. Center Maurkice Pouncey makes $8.8 million a year. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert makes $6 million. DeCastro's 2016 option is worth $8.08 million, and left tackle Kelvin Beachum is in the last year of his contract and is hoping to get an extension. From the inbox Q: With all this talk of moving franchises to L.A. or a new franchise in London, it got me thinking. I was only around 5 or 6 the last time the NFL added franchises, so I'm not sure how it was accommodated. If you wanted to add any more teams at this point, I can only see it working if they add eight teams, which is totally not feasible. It may be obvious, but my line of thinking is that you can't just add two teams and then just have two divisions with an extra team. That would be nonsense. Thus, you would have to add one team per division or two whole new divisions. Chris in Seattle A: Owners have no incentive and pretty much no http://www.patriotsnflofficialonline.com/Dominique-Easley-Jersey desire to expand. Changes resulting from relocation are possible, but it would take a very unusual circumstance for the league to expand. Revenues have grown to $12 billion a year, and commissioner Roger Goodell has targeted the number to be $25 billion by 2027. They expect this increase without additional franchises, so why pull in two other owners to share the riches? But the divisional alignment you mention is an important part of this equation. The four-team, eight-division alignment works perfectly for scheduling and competitiveness. Owners won't say no to expansion if the financial benefits are so good they can't say no, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

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