Originally Posted by badboy
First I've heard of Watt having an option year. 2015 is UFA IIRC. Can you provide link? That would be huge if there exist a team option as with KJ.
It is not expressly written into Watt's contract but is a universal rule collectively bargained under the new deal in 2011. Here is the applicable part followed by the link:
First-round picks get four-year deals in which the club holds a fifth-year option. There are slotted four-year deals from Rounds 2 through 7. Here's the discount. Cam Newton, the first pick in this year's draft, would be eligible for a four-year, $22.03 million contract. If the Panthers keep him for a fifth year, his salary would be at the average of the top 10 salaries of other quarterbacks. One unique part about the new system is it should prevent long holdouts. At some point in August, unsigned draft choices lose their leverage if they aren't signed. There is another clause that prevents draft picks from holding out after they sign. If he holds out during the deal, he is prohibited from renegotiating his contract. There is a limit to the amount of money given to rookies. The max total in 2011 is $874 million.