All the NFL's attention is reacting to the draft from over the weekend, but Monday is also the deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year options on players selected in the first round of the 2018 draft.
For the Patriots that is Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel. When it comes Wynn, it would cost them $10.4 million in 2022 and Michel $4.5 million.
So, what will the Patriots do?
Based on cost and what the Patriots have at the position, it feels like Michel will not get his picked up. With it being $4.5 million, the Patriots likely feel if they want to bring Michel back in 2022 they could just re-sign him at a number less than that. It's also worth noting the team selected Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth round this year and also have younger running backs Damien Harris and J.J. Taylor on the roster.
Wynn is a tougher call, but based on the team not selecting an offensive tackle high in the draft last weekend, it makes it more likely they will do it. There also isn't much tackle depth on the roster.
Right now there's Wynn, Trent Brown, Yodny Cajuste, Korey Cunningham and Michael Onwenu, although he could be slid inside to play guard.
While the cost may be a bit high for the team's liking, picking up the option seems to make the most sense for New England moving forward.