The proposed new collective bargaining agreement reportedly contains a clause that would allow first-round picks to spike the value of their fifth-year option based on Pro Bowl selections.
If approved, the fifth-year option salaries will match the franchise tag for players who make two Pro Bowls in their first three seasons, sources told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. Teams must exercise the fifth-year option on rookie deals before the fourth season.
First-round picks are the only players who have a fifth-year option attached to their rookie contract. The existing CBA will expire after the 2020 season.
Under current rules, top-10 picks have a fifth-year option valued at the price of the transition tag applicable to their position from the previous season. The other first-round picks have the value of their fifth-year option produced through a specific formula as well.
The owners' desire to add a 17th game to the regular season is the greatest sticking point between the NFL and NFL Players' Association as they negotiate a new CBA.