The deadline for the NFL’s fifth-year option for first-round picks in 2019 is quickly approaching. With the deadline of May 2 approaching, the Pro Football Network has forecasted the fifth-year option choices for each of the eight divisions. We’ll start with the NFC East, which features three teams that are expected to make significant decisions with their first-round picks.

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Washington Commanders

Sweat has had a successful but not exceptional time in Washington over the last three years. Sweat has been an important player in Washington’s defense despite some ups and downs over the course of his career. Finding talented, rising pass rushers in the NFL is a difficult task. Sweat’s fifth-year option is worth a shot at $11.5 million due to his production. Despite missing seven games last season, he has an average of seven sacks per season.


New York Giants

With a new coach and coaching staff, the Giants will most likely want to see how Jones performs under new manager Brian Daboll before guaranteeing him $22.4 million by 2023. Jones has committed numerous turnovers over the last three seasons. In the last two seasons, his team has scored more than 30 points twice.

The Giants will most likely keep an eye on the next generation of quarterbacks throughout the season. The outlook should be enough to keep the Giants from imposing the issue on Jones. If Jones is successful after 2022, New York could always give him the franchise tag.

Philadelphia Eagles

Dillard has had a string of bad luck in the last three years. Despite only appearing in nine games during that time, he has been defeated by Jason Peters and the rising Jordan Mailata. The Eagles have already agreed to terms with Jordan Mailata to serve as their left tackle in the near future. Dillard has historically struggled at right tackle.

As the Eagles’ highest-paid player, Dillard is unlikely to be able to have the $12.6 million option for the fifth year redeemed by Philly. As previously reported by PFN, several teams have expressed interest in trading for Dillard during the offseason. If he is traded before the fifth-year option deadline, a portion of his appeal may be enhanced by granting the team acquiring him the authority to make the decision for the team itself.

In the event that the team trades a third or fourth-round pick for Dillard, the general manager will most likely want to buy him over time. The team that trades Dillard will most likely see him as a long-term player, so the cost of the fifth-year option will not be a major deterrent to the club that buys him.


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