Notebook: Fifth-year options picked up on Elliott, Buckner
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[April 25, 2019]
The Dallas Cowboys exercised the
fifth-year option on running back Ezekiel Elliott's contract,
keeping him in place through the 2020 season.
Elliott is set to make $3.85 million in 2019. He figures to receive
around $10 million in the option season though the Cowboys have
stated they intend to negotiate a rich extension with him.
Elliott led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards last season and also
had a career-high 77 receptions for 567 yards.
Elliott has rushed for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns in 40 games
over three seasons.
--The San Francisco 49ers exercised the fifth-year contract option
on Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner.
Buckner is in line to receive around $12 million in 2020. The two
sides have been working on a long-term contract extension that could
get hammered out prior to the 2019 campaign.
Buckner posted a career-best 12 sacks last season while accumulating
67 tackles. He has 201 stops, 21 sacks and three fumble recoveries
in 47 NFL games.
--The Atlanta Falcons announced via Twitter that they picked up the
fifth-year option of safety Keanu Neal.
Neal suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 2018 season opener.
The 2017 Pro Bowl selection has 220 tackles, eight forced fumbles
and one interception in 31 games.
--The New Orleans Saints have exercised the fifth-year option on
defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, according to multiple reports.
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Ohio State Buckeyes former running back Ezekiel Elliott (right)
during the first half of the Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory
Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in
January's playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a
career-best eight sacks last season and has 14 sacks and 86 tackles
in 41 NFL games.
--The Cincinnati Bengals exercised the fifth-year option on
cornerback William Jackson.
Jackson had 41 tackles last season. He has 66 tackles and one
interception in 31 career games.
--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers exercised the fifth-year option on
cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
Hargreaves was lost for the season in Week 1 last year with a
shoulder injury after missing seven games in 2017. He was a
full-time starter as a rookie in 2016 and has 15 career pass
breakups and one interception.
--Field Level Media
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