While standard NFL rookie contracts are for four years, first-round picks have a fully guaranteed fifth-year team option built in. Those options have to be picked up or declined before the players’ fourth season, and Monday at 4:00 p.m. was the deadline for the Patriots to make a decision on 2018 first-round picks Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel.
As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots have picked up the option in Wynn’s contract, effectively extending him through 2022. The team did not do the same for Michel, which makes the upcoming 2021 season the final year of his contract.
Wynn’s option will see him make $10.4 million in 2022, all of which will count against the salary cap. Selected 23rd overall, Wynn has been limited to just 18 games over the last three years due to multiple injuries, although he’s been a starting-caliber player when healthy. Wynn is the 22nd player from the 2018 draft class to have his option picked up.
Michel’s option would cost the Patriots $4.5 million next season. The 31st overall pick in 2018, he’s also dealt with injuries but has still managed to total 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns in 38 games in New England.
The 2021 season is the first time the Patriots have had to decide on a rookie option in three years. The team did not make a selection in the first round in 2016 or 2017. N’Keal Harry’s fifth-year option will be the only one the team has to decide on at this time in 2022.
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