Deshaun Watson

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Browns, QB Age: 28-176d Exp: 6 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#12 overall), 2017 College: Clemson Agent(s): David Mulugheta (Athletes First)

 
  • Current Contract

    Deshaun Watson signed a 5 year, $230,000,000 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a $44,965,000 signing bonus, $230,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $46,000,000. In 2024, Watson will earn a base salary of $46,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $63,977,000 and a dead cap value of $200,915,000.
    Contract: 5 yr(s) / $230,000,000
    Signing Bonus $44,965,000
    Average Salary $46,000,000
    Total Guarantees $230,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $230,000,000
    Free Agent: 2027 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Restructure Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash Cash AAV
    2022 Contract details by year 27 $402,500 $8,993,000 - $9,395,500 $229,367,500 $45,367,500($45,367,500) $45,367,500
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $229,367,500 2022 Cap Savings: $-219,972,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $44,965,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-35,569,500 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $193,395,500 2023 Dead Cap: $35,972,000 2022 Cap Savings: $-184,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2023 Dead Cap: $35,972,000 2022 Cap Savings: $402,500
    2023 Contract details by year 28 $1,080,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $19,057,000 $220,057,000 $46,000,000($91,367,500) $45,683,750
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $220,057,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-201,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $80,892,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-61,835,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $157,142,000 2024 Dead Cap: $62,915,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-138,085,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $17,977,000 2024 Dead Cap: $62,915,000 2023 Cap Savings: $1,080,000
    2024 Contract details by year 29 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $63,977,000 $200,915,000 $46,000,000($137,367,500) $45,789,167
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $200,915,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-136,938,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $62,915,000 2024 Cap Savings: $1,062,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $155,977,000 2025 Dead Cap: $44,938,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-92,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $17,977,000 2025 Dead Cap: $44,938,000 2024 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2025 Contract details by year 30 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $63,977,000 $136,938,000 $46,000,000($183,367,500) $45,841,875
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $136,938,000 2025 Cap Savings: $-72,961,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $44,938,000 2025 Cap Savings: $19,039,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $109,977,000 2026 Dead Cap: $26,961,000 2025 Cap Savings: $-46,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $17,977,000 2026 Dead Cap: $26,961,000 2025 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2026 Contract details by year 31 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $63,977,000 $72,961,000 $46,000,000($229,367,500) $45,873,500
    Pre-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $72,961,000 2026 Cap Savings: $-8,984,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $26,961,000 2026 Cap Savings: $37,016,000 Post-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $63,977,000 2027 Dead Cap: $8,984,000 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $17,977,000 2027 Dead Cap: $8,984,000 2026 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2027 Contract details by year 32 - - $8,984,000 $8,984,000 $8,984,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $8,984,000 2027 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $8,984,000 2027 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $8,984,000 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $8,984,000 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $0
    2027 Free Agent Year 33 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $230M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2022 salary + 2023 salary + 2024 salary + 2025 salary + 2026 salary)
    • $44.965M Signing Bonus
    • Language exists that will not forfeit signing bonus or void future guarantees upon suspension
    • 2022 salary reduced from $1.035M per the 6-game suspension

    Previous Contracts

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    2020-2025

    Deshaun Watson signed a 4 year, $156,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $27,000,000 signing bonus, $110,717,123 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $39,000,000. In 2024, Watson will earn a base salary of $46,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $63,977,000 and a dead cap value of $200,915,000.
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $156,000,000
    Signing Bonus $27,000,000
    Average Salary $39,000,000
    Total Guarantees $110,717,123
    Guaranteed at Signing $73,717,123
    Free Agent: 2026 / UFA

    2017-2021Entry Level

    Deshaun Watson signed a 4 year, $13,854,281 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $8,215,841 signing bonus, $13,854,281 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,463,570. In 2024, Watson will earn a base salary of $46,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $63,977,000 and a dead cap value of $200,915,000.
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $13,854,281
    Signing Bonus $8,215,841
    Average Salary $3,463,570
    Total Guarantees $13,854,281
    Guaranteed at Signing $13,854,281
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $403,054 $8,215,841 - - - - - $8,618,895
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $1,094,740 - - - - - - $1,094,740
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $862,231 - $862,249 - - - - $1,724,480
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $1,177,123 $27,000,000 $1,177,123 - - - $63,117 $29,417,363
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $10,540,000 - - - - - - $10,540,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $402,500 $44,965,000 - - - - - $45,367,500
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $1,080,000 - - - $44,920,000 - - $46,000,000
    7 seasons $15,559,648 $80,180,841 $2,039,372 - $44,920,000 - $63,117 $142,762,978
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $46,000,000 - - - - - - $46,000,000
    2025 Player Cash Earnings $46,000,000 - - - - - - $46,000,000
    2026 Player Cash Earnings $46,000,000 - - - - - - $46,000,000
    $153,559,648 $80,180,841 $2,039,372 - $44,920,000 - $63,117 $280,762,978
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    5 seasons Player Cash Earnings $14,077,148 $35,215,841 $2,039,372 - - - $63,117 $51,395,478
    2 seasons Player Cash Earnings $1,482,500 $44,965,000 - - $44,920,000 - - $91,367,500
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 09/22/2023, $13,659

      Taunting (Gun Celebration)


    • Player contract details by year 09/22/2023, $10,927

      Unsportsmanlike Conduct


    • Player contract details by year 09/22/2023, $10,927

      Unsportsmanlike Conduct


    • Player contract details by year 08/18/2022, $5,000,000

      Conduct detrimental to the league


    • Player contract details by year 08/01/2022, 11 games, $632,500

      Conduct detrimental to the league


    • Player contract details by year 12/21/2020, $7,500

      Conduct detrimental to the league (COVID Protocols)


    • TOTAL: $5,675,513

  • Transactions

    Sep 22 2023Fined $10,927 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    Sep 22 2023Fined $10,927 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
    Sep 22 2023Fined $13,659 Taunting (Gun Celebration)
    Mar 13 2023Converted $44.92M of 2023 salary into signing bonus, adding 1 void year, clearing $35.8M of cap with Cleveland (CLE)
    Aug 18 2022Fined $5,000,000 Conduct detrimental to the league
    Aug 1 2022Suspended 11 games for conduct detrimental to the league, forfeiting $632,500 in 2022 salary with Cleveland (CLE)
    Mar 18 2022Signed a 5 year $230 million contract extension with Cleveland (CLE)
    Mar 18 2022Traded to Cleveland (CLE) from Houston (HOU) with 2024 6th round pick for 2024 1st round pick, 2024 4th round pick, 2023 1st round pick (#12 - traded), 2022 1st round pick (#13 - traded), 2023 3rd round pick (#73 - traded) and 2022 4th round pick (#107 Dameon Pierce)
    Dec 21 2020Fined $7,500 Conduct detrimental to the league (COVID Protocols)
    Sep 5 2020Signed a 4 year $156 million contract extension with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 27 2020Houston (HOU) exercised a $17.54 million 5th year option for 2021
    May 12 2017Signed a 4 year $13.85 million contract with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 27 2017Drafted by Houston (HOU): Round 1 (#12 overall)
  • 2024 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Pass Att Pass Cmp Pass Cmp% Pass Yds Pass Yds/Gm Pass TD Pass INT Pass Rating Rush Att Rush Yds Rush TD Fum Prod Pts
    2023 CLE 6 6 5 383 32.3 171 105 61.4 1115 185.83 7 4 84.32 26 142 1 5 86.8
    2022 CLE 6 6 6 387 37.3 170 99 58.2 1102 183.67 7 5 79.09 36 175 1 1 85.58
    2021 HOU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    2020 HOU 16 16 16 979 99.9 544 382 70.2 4823 301.44 33 7 112.4 90 444 3 8 369.32
    2019 HOU 16 15 15 1026 93.7 495 333 67.3 3852 256.80 26 12 97.98 82 413 7 10 319.98
    2018 HOU 16 16 16 1093 99.9 505 345 68.3 4165 260.31 26 9 103.11 99 551 5 9 331.7
    2017 HOU 7 7 6 464 42.1 204 126 61.8 1699 242.71 19 8 102.96 36 269 2 3 168.86
    Totals 67 66 64 4,332 - 2,089 1,390 66.5 16,756 253.88 118 45 - 369 1,994 19 36 1,362.24