Monday was deadline for the New England Patriots to pick up or decline the fifth-year options in the contracts of 2018 first-round draft picks Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel.
According to ESPN, the Patriots will pick up Wynn's option, which means the left tackle will make a little more than $10.4 million guaranteed in the 2022 season.
Durability has been an issue for Wynn since the Patriots drafted him. He missed his entire 2018 rookie campaign with a torn Achilles. He also missed half of the 2019 regular season due to injury and played 10 of 16 games in 2020.
Wynn, the 23rd overall pick in 2018, has played pretty well when healthy. Starting left tackle is one of the most important positions, as Reiss noted above, so it makes sense for the Patriots to pick up his option.
What about Michel?
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday the Pats are "likely" to decline the running back's fifth-year option.
Michel, the 31st overall pick in 2018, had a strong rookie season and played a key role in the power running game that propelled the team to a Super Bowl LIII title. He wasn't able to take his game to a higher level in 2019, but he did show flashes of impressive play in 2020 after averaging 5.7 yards per carry in nine games.
The Patriots drafted Oklahoma's Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft on Saturday, adding to a deep running back group in Foxboro.
The 2021 season will be an important one for Michel as he attempts to showcase his future value to the Patriots and the other 31 teams.