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Silver Minings: Kolton Miller 5th-year option decision looms

It’s likely that the Raiders will exercise the option on their left tackle

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Perhaps Kolton Miller will be the first one.

Since the NFL implemented the fifth-year option for first round picks 10 years ago, no Raiders’ pick has ever played under that option.

Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper got close, and were both given the option, but were then traded before their fifth years with the Raiders.

On Wednesday, the NFL informed teams that they must decide to give their 2018 first round picks the fifth-year option by May 3. That means the Raiders are on the clock for left tackle Kolton Miller, the UCLA product who was the No. 15 overall pick in 2018.

It will cost the Raiders $10.88 million in 2022 if Miller’s option is exercised. If it isn’t, he will be a free agent next year.,

I’d expect the Raiders to exercise the option on Miller. He has been solid and is entering his prime. Do you think the Raiders should give Miller the fifth year?

In other Raiders’ links:

  • 2021 blueprint: The San Jose Mercury News looks at what Raiders have to do to be successful this season.
  • Early roster projection: The Athletic takes a stab at the Raiders’ 53-man roster.
  • Another receiver on the market: The New Orleans Saints cut receiver Emmanuel Sanders. I can see him being a Jon Gruden guy.