The NFL’s deadline to exercise the fifth-year option on players who were selected in the 2011 Draft is fast approaching (May 3).
There are those players who had their options picked up almost immediately like Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton, Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver A.J. Green, New England Patriots’ offensive tackle Nate Solder and New Orleans Saints’ defensive end Cameron Jordan.
Some others teams, like the San Francisco 49ers with outside linebacker Aldon Smith, the Miami Dolphins with center Mike Pouncey and the Saints with running back Mark Ingram have more difficult decisions because of off-the-field issues or a lack of production.
According to Will Brinson of CBS Sports, the Indianapolis Colts have made a decision on 22nd overall pick in the 2011 draft, picking up offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo’s fifth-year option.
Colts exercise fifth-year option on Anthony Castanzo per source.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 28, 2014
Castonzo’s option will be worth $7.438 million in 2015.
The move seems like an easy decision for the Colts, who will likely try to work out a long-term extension.