The Green Bay Packers won’t be waiting until the end of the 2022 NFL draft to make decisions on both of their fifth-year options for the 2023 season.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Rob Demovsky, the Packers are picking up the fifth-year options for outside linebacker Rashan Gary and free safety Darnell Savage Jr. for the 2023 season. The NFL deadline for teams to exercise options on their 2019 first-round picks is set for 4 p.m. ET on May 2, but general manager Brian Gutekunst had previously indicated the team would wait until after the draft to make the decisions.

Instead, they head into Day 2 with two more defensive starters locked into place.

And Gary is picked up, too, per @JFowlerESPN

— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) April 29, 2022

Gary and Savage both are now tied to the Packers for the next two seasons with each set to receive a significant pay bump during their option years in 2023. According to Over the Cap, Gary is projected to earn a salary of $11.5 million in 2023 on his option while Savage is expected to make about $7.9 million. The Packers can also reduce the cap hits for both players in 2023 if they work out long-term contract extensions.

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It might seem like the Packers had a fairly easy decision to make with their fifth-year options this offseason, but there has been some skepticism over the past few months — at least in terms of Savage having his option exercised.

Gary wasn’t a difficult call. The former Michigan standout has improved steadily in each of his three seasons and showed the makings of the NFL’s next great edge rusher last year during his first season as a full-time starter. Gary tallied 12 sacks and 87 total pressures between the regular season and playoffs in 2021 and finished behind only Maxx Crosby with the second-best win percentage (26.3%) among edge rushers. As long as he continues on course, he could be a long-term fixture for Green Bay’s defense.

Things have not been as clear-cut for Savage, though. While he started 14 games as a rookie and was named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s …read more



Packers Make Final Decisions on Fifth-Year Options for 2023

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