The Steelers are choosing to decline Terrell Edmunds’ 5th year option
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05-04-2021, 01:17 AM

The Steelers are choosing to decline Terrell Edmunds’ 5th year option


By Jeff.Hartman@BnGBlitz Updated May 3, 2021

The Pittsburgh Steelers had to make a very difficult decision with safety Terrell Edmunds. Monday was the deadline for the team to make a decision on the former first round pick’s 5th year option.

After already picking up the 5th year option for Minkah Fitzpatrick, the question then became would they do the same for Edmunds? With the deadline approaching the Steelers decided to decline the option on Edmunds.

The amount of the option for Edmunds would have been $6.753 million as he earned enough playing time to put him into the second category under the new system established in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Had Edmunds made a Pro Bowl, his option would have been for more than $9 million. By picking up Fitzpatrick’s option, the Steelers shelled out $10.621 million for 2022 which fully guarantees his fourth-year and fifth-year salaries. As for Edmunds, he is now set to be a free agent following the 2021 season.

The decision for the Steelers to not pick up Edmunds’ option marks the third time the Steelers have not picked up the option on a first round pick since the option became a part of the NFL contract for first round picks. The other two instances were with Jarvis Jones and Artie Burns.

Not picking up the option doesn’t mean Edmunds is automatically done in Pittsburgh. The Steelers could still sign Edmunds to a second contract, one which they feel would be more fitting for how they view Edmunds’ worth. However, to do so Edmunds will likely first have to try his hand at free agency. If he finds there isn’t a better deal out there, he certainly could return to the Steelers. It is possible, but unlikely.

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05-04-2021, 01:52 AM

This is the right move. Evaluated in a vacuum, he hasn't been "horrible" as a player. But viewed through the prism of a first round pick, he's been pretty awful. I'm not against keeping him, but not if he still expects first-round money.
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05-04-2021, 06:46 AM

(05-04-2021, 01:52 AM)mcmillenandwife Wrote: This is the right move. Evaluated in a vacuum, he hasn't been "horrible" as a player. But viewed through the prism of a first round pick, he's been pretty awful. I'm not against keeping him, but not if he still expects first-round money.

He'll expect first round money.  You can book that.  He was a huge reach in the 1st round.  I have no idea how this even came to pass.  He would have been there in round 3.  This was unbelievable
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05-04-2021, 07:09 AM

(05-04-2021, 06:46 AM)Rollers Wrote: He'll expect first round money.  You can book that.  He was a huge reach in the 1st round.  I have no idea how this even came to pass.  He would have been there in round 3.  This was unbelievable


Yes, you're probably right. He'll expect more than he's worth.

I remember many folks expressing displeasure that he was a stretch (I'm guessing you were one of them) the day he was drafted. It's crystal clear now that he wasn't worth a first round pick (or even a 2nd or 3rd), although I didn't have a problem with it at the time.
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