Smith and 20 others have fifth-year options exercised

Smith and 20 others have fifth-year options exercised
May 4, 2014, 11:30 am
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San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was among 21 players league-wide whose teams picked up the fifth-year options by the Friday night deadline.

As part of the CBA that was ratified in 2011, clubs have an automatic fifth-year option on first-round draft picks. The 49ers have three first-round draft picks from that class on their current roster.

The 49ers exercised the non-guaranteed $9.754 million on Smith. As expected, they declined the option on quarterback Blaine Gabbert, whom the 49ers acquired in an offseason trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The fifth-year option would have been worth $14.666 million for Gabbert.

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The 49ers did not have a fifth-year option on wide receiver Jon Baldwin. The 49ers acquired Baldwin a trade last year for wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, a first-round pick in 2012. But because the 49ers and Baldwin renegotiated his original deal to reflect a sizable pay cut, Baldwin was no longer eligible for the fifth-year option.

Next year, the 49ers will not have to make a decision on a fifth-year option –- unless they acquire a first-round draft pick from 2012 in a trade. Jenkins is now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Here’s a rundown of the 2011 first round and their fifth-year options:

The transition tag of 2014 for a one-year deal in 2015:
1. QB Cam Newton (Carolina): Picked up, $14.666 million
2. LB Von Miller (Denver): Picked up, $9.754 million
3. DL Marcell Dareus (Buffalo): Picked up, $8.060 million
4. WR A.J. Green (Cincinnati): Picked up, $10.176 million
5. CB Patrick Peterson (Arizona): Picked up, $10.081
6. WR Julio Jones (Atlanta): Picked up, $10.176 million
7. LB Aldon Smith (49ers): Picked up, $9.754 million
8. QB Jake Locker (Tennessee): Declined
9. OT Tyron Smith (Dallas): Picked up, $10.039 million
10. QB Blaine Gabbert (49ers): Declined

The average salary of players ranked third to 25th in salary for that position for a one-year deal in 2015:
11. DL J.J. Watt (Houston): Picked up, $6.969 million
12. QB Christian Ponder (Minnesota): Declined
13. DT Nick Fairley (Detroit): Declined
14. DE Robert Quinn (St. Louis): Picked up, $6.969 million
15. C Mike Pouncey (Miami): Picked up, $7.438 million
16. OLB Ryan Kerrigan (Washington): Picked up, $7.038 million
17. OT Nate Solder (New England): Picked up, $7.438 million
18. DL Corey Liuget (San Diego): Picked up, $6.969 million
19. CB Prince Amukamara (N.Y. Giants): Picked up, $6.898 million
20. DE Adrian Clayborn (Tampa Bay): Declined
21. DT Phil Taylor (Cleveland): Picked up, $5.477 million
22. OT Anthony Castonzo (Indianapolis): Picked up, $7.438 million
23. OG Danny Watkins (ex-Philadelphia): Ineligible, currently a free agent.
24. DL Cameron Jordan (New England): Picked up, $6.969 million
25. OT James Carpenter (Seattle): Declined
26. WR Jon Baldwin (49ers): Ineligible due to restructured contract this offseason
27. CB Jimmy Smith (Baltimore): Picked up, $6.898 million
28. RB Mark Ingram (New Orleans): Declined
29. OT Gabe Carimi (Atlanta): Ineligible due to being cut and clearing waivers
30. DE Muhammad Wilkerson (N.Y. Jets): Picked up, $6.969 million
31. DE Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh): Picked up, $6.969 million
32. OT Derek Sherrod (Green Bay): Declined