Deshaun Watson

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Browns, QB Age: 27-82d Exp: 6 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#12 overall), 2017 College: Clemson Agent(s): David Mulugheta (Athletes First)
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Suspended (Suspension)

Watson has been suspended 11 regular season games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. He is eligible to return in Week 13 pending reinstatement by the league.

 
  • 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 2022, Watson will earn a base salary of $402,500 and a signing bonus of $44,965,000, while carrying a cap hit of $9,395,500 and a dead cap value of $229,367,500.

    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 Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2022 Contract details by year 27 $402,500 $8,993,000 $9,395,500 $229,367,500 $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 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $54,993,000 $219,972,000 $46,000,000($91,367,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $219,972,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-164,979,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $35,972,000 2023 Cap Savings: $19,021,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $192,993,000 2024 Dead Cap: $26,979,000 2023 Cap Savings: $-138,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2024 Dead Cap: $26,979,000 2023 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2024 Contract details by year 29 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $54,993,000 $164,979,000 $46,000,000($137,367,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $164,979,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-109,986,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $26,979,000 2024 Cap Savings: $28,014,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $146,993,000 2025 Dead Cap: $17,986,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-92,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2025 Dead Cap: $17,986,000 2024 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2025 Contract details by year 30 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $54,993,000 $109,986,000 $46,000,000($183,367,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $109,986,000 2025 Cap Savings: $-54,993,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $17,986,000 2025 Cap Savings: $37,007,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $100,993,000 2026 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2025 Cap Savings: $-46,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2026 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2025 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2026 Contract details by year 31 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $54,993,000 $54,993,000 $46,000,000($229,367,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $54,993,000 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2026 Cap Savings: $46,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $54,993,000 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $8,993,000 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2026 Cap Savings: $46,000,000
    2027 Free Agent Year 32 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

    Current Dead Contracts

    Year   Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Dead Cap Hit Yearly Cash
    2022 Player contract details by year - $16,200,000 - $16,200,000 -($0)

    Previous Contracts

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    2020-2025

    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

    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
    6 seasons $14,479,648 $80,180,841 $2,039,372 - - - $63,117 $96,762,978
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $46,000,000 - - - - - - $46,000,000
    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
    $198,479,648 $80,180,841 $2,039,372 - - - $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
    1 seasons Player Cash Earnings $402,500 $44,965,000 - - - - - $45,367,500
  • Fines

    • 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: $5,640,000

  • Transactions

    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 2023 1st round pick, 2023 3rd round pick, 2024 1st round pick, 2024 4th round pick, 2022 1st round pick (#13 - 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)
  • 2022 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Deshaun Watson ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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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
    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 55 54 53 3,562 - 1,748 1,186 67.9 14,539 269.24 104 36 - 307 1,677 17 30 1,189.86