Falcons CB Jeff Okudah is ineligible for 5th-year option
Prior to the 2023 NFL draft, the Atlanta Falcons swung a trade with the Detroit Lions for cornerback Jeff Okudah. In order to acquire the former No. 3 overall pick, the Falcons sent the Lions a 2023 fifth-round pick.
Okudah, 24, will likely start for Atlanta this season, but his future beyond 2023 is still up in the air. While first-round picks generally have a fifth-year option, Okudah is no longer eligible for one.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, when Detroit paid $1.5 million of Okudah’s salary to facilitate the trade, it nullified the former Ohio State star’s option.
With the fifth-year option deadline tomorrow, worth noting: New #Falcons CB Jeff Okudah is not eligible for it. When the #Lions agreed to pay $1.5M of his 2023 salary to facilitate the trade, his option was off the table. He has 1 year and $3.682M deal left with ATL.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2023
The Falcons picked up A.J. Terrell‘s fifth-year option just before Day 2 of the 2023 NFL draft began on Friday. Terrell will earn $12.34 million this season and is likely to get a long-term extension at some point in the future.
Okudah will have one year to prove he can be the team’s long-term answer at the No. 2 cornerback spot in Atlanta. Make sure to check out our Falcons 2023 post-draft starting lineup projections.
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