The Houston Texans announced they had exercised their fifth-year option on the contract of offensive lineman Tytus Howard on Monday.
Monday was the final day for NFL teams to pick up the options on the four-year contracts signed by the first-round picks in the 2019 draft, and the Texans’ decision means four of the five 2019 first-round picks with Alabama football roots now have contracts that extend through the 2023 season.
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Each NFL draft choice signs a four-year contract. Each first-round selection’s contract also includes a team option for a fifth season. That option must be exercised before the player’s fourth season. By picking it up, the team guarantees the player’s salary for a fifth season.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (Alabama) was the only one of the five 2019 first-round players from an Alabama high school or college who did not have his option picked up. Las Vegas declined to exercise its option on Jacobs’ contract, which would have set his salary at $8.034 million for the 2023 campaign. The Raiders had three first-round picks in 2019 and declined their option on all three contracts.
Jacobs was the 24th player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, one spot after Houston made Howard the first player from Alabama State selected in the first round. The Texans’ option will pay the former Monroe County High School quarterback $13.202 million for the 2023 season.
The other three players who had their options picked up were:
· New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (Wenonah, Alabama), the third player picked in 2019, has an option value of $11.5 million for the 2023 season.
· Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (Abbeville), the seventh player picked in 2019, has an option value of $11.5 million for the 2023 season.
· Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Jonah Williams (Alabama), the 11th player picked in 2019, has an option value of $12.604 million.
The option value is the average of the third through 25th highest salaries at a player’s position over the past five seasons. That basic value increases when a player has met certain playing-time standards or made the Pro Bowl during his first three seasons.
A team can replace the option season by working out a long-term contract before the 2023 campaign.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.