Von Miller and Kareem Jackson aren’t the only Denver Broncos defenders who have contract options this offseason.
Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb has a fifth-year option in his contract. Chubb is already under contract for 2021 (he’ll earn $4,368,806 this year), but Denver has until May 3 to make a decision on the linebacker’s option for the 2022 season.
The Broncos will likely pick up the option, giving Chubb a big raise.
Last year, the fifth-year option for an outside linebacker selected within the first 10 picks of the 2017 draft was $13.737 million. The salaries for fifth-round options picked up this year haven’t been announced yet, but they will likely be similar to last year’s figures.
Chubb was selected by Denver with the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft after he had a standout college career at NC State. He has totaled 20.5 sacks in 34 games in the NFL and made the Pro Bowl last season.
The Broncos did not pick up Garett Bolles’ fifth-year option in 2020 but the left tackle played well enough to earn a four-year contract extension during the season. Chubb’s option is likely to be picked up, but even if it’s not, Denver will still have an opportunity to extend him like Bolles was.