D.J. Reader

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Lions, DT Age: 29-296d Exp: 7 Years
Drafted: Round 5 (#166 overall), 2016 College: Clemson Agent(s): Joby Branion (Vanguard Sports Group)

 
  • Current Contract

    D.J. Reader signed a 2 year, $22,000,000 contract with the Detroit Lions, including a $6,215,000 signing bonus, $7,425,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $11,000,000. In 2024, Reader will earn a base salary of $1,210,000, a signing bonus of $6,215,000, a roster bonus of $2,100,000 and a workout bonus of $200,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,803,000 and a dead cap value of $7,425,000.
    Contract: 2 yr(s) / $22,000,000
    Signing Bonus $6,215,000
    Average Salary $11,000,000
    Total Guarantees $7,425,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $7,425,000
    Free Agent: 2026 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Roster/Gm Workout Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash Cash AAV
    2024 Contract details by year 30 $1,210,000 $1,243,000 $2,100,000 $1,050,000 $200,000 $5,803,000 $7,425,000 $11,000,000($11,000,000) $11,000,000
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $7,425,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-1,622,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $6,215,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-412,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $2,453,000 2025 Dead Cap: $4,972,000 2024 Cap Savings: $3,350,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $1,243,000 2025 Dead Cap: $4,972,000 2024 Cap Savings: $4,560,000

    Potential Out: 2025, 1 yr, $11,000,000; $4,972,000 dead cap

    2025 Contract details by year 31 $6,290,000 $1,243,000 $4,000,000 $510,000 $200,000 $12,243,000 $4,972,000 $11,000,000($22,000,000) $11,000,000
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $4,972,000 2025 Cap Savings: $7,271,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $4,972,000 2025 Cap Savings: $7,271,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $1,243,000 2026 Dead Cap: $3,729,000 2025 Cap Savings: $11,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $1,243,000 2026 Dead Cap: $3,729,000 2025 Cap Savings: $11,000,000
    2026 Contract details by year 32 - $1,243,000 - - - $3,729,000 $3,729,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $3,729,000 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $3,729,000 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Dead Cap: $3,729,000 2026 Cap Savings: $3,729,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Dead Cap: $3,729,000 2026 Cap Savings: $3,729,000
    2027 Contract details by year 33 - $1,243,000 - - - $1,243,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,243,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,243,000 Post-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,243,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,243,000
    2028 Contract details by year 34 - $1,243,000 - - - $1,243,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Cap Savings: $1,243,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Cap Savings: $1,243,000 Post-6/1 Release 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2029 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Cap Savings: $1,243,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2029 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Cap Savings: $1,243,000
    2026 Free Agent Year 35 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $7.425M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2024 salary)
    • 2024 Roster Bonus: $2.1M (guaranteed)
    • 2025 Roster Bonus: $4M
    • 2024 Per Game Active Bonus: $61,764 ($1.05M)
    • 2025 Per Game Active Bonus: $30,000 ($510,000)
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

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    2020-2023

    D.J. Reader signed a 4 year, $53,000,000 contract with the Cincinnati Bengals, including a $16,250,000 signing bonus, $20,250,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $13,250,000. In 2024, Reader will earn a base salary of $1,210,000, a signing bonus of $6,215,000, a roster bonus of $2,100,000 and a workout bonus of $200,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,803,000 and a dead cap value of $7,425,000.
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $53,000,000
    Signing Bonus $16,250,000
    Average Salary $13,250,000
    Total Guarantees $20,250,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $20,250,000
    Free Agent: 2024 / UFA

    2016-2019Entry Level

    D.J. Reader signed a 4 year, $2,555,380 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $215,380 signing bonus, $215,380 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $638,845. In 2024, Reader will earn a base salary of $1,210,000, a signing bonus of $6,215,000, a roster bonus of $2,100,000 and a workout bonus of $200,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,803,000 and a dead cap value of $7,425,000.
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $2,555,380
    Signing Bonus $215,380
    Average Salary $638,845
    Total Guarantees $215,380
    Guaranteed at Signing $215,380
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $450,000 $215,380 - - - - $159,000 $824,380
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $540,000 - - - - - - $540,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $630,000 - - - - - - $630,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $2,025,000 - - - - - - $2,025,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $2,000,000 $16,250,000 $4,000,000 - - - $15,588 $22,265,588
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $4,300,000 - $5,000,000 $200,000 - - - $9,500,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $9,050,000 - $235,290 $200,000 - - - $9,485,290
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $11,000,000 - - $200,000 - - - $11,529,406
    8 seasons $29,995,000 $16,465,380 $9,235,290 $600,000 - - $174,588 $56,799,664
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $1,210,000 $6,215,000 $2,100,000 $200,000 - - - $11,000,000
    2025 Player Cash Earnings $6,290,000 - $4,000,000 $200,000 - - - $11,000,000
    $37,495,000 $22,680,380 $15,335,290 $1,000,000 - - $174,588 $78,799,664
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $3,645,000 $215,380 - - - - $159,000 $4,019,380
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $26,350,000 $16,250,000 $9,235,290 $600,000 - - $15,588 $52,780,284
  • Transactions

    Mar 14 2024Signed a 2 year $22 million contract with Detroit (DET)
    Mar 17 2020Signed a 4 year $53 million contract with Cincinnati (CIN)
    May 5 2016Signed a 4 year $2.555 million contract with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 30 2016Drafted by Houston (HOU): Round 5 (#166 overall)
  • 2024 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2023 CIN 14 14 14 535 54.9 1 34 20 14
    2022 CIN 10 10 10 397 44.8 27 18 9
    2021 CIN 15 15 15 590 54.0 2 43 22 21
    2020 CIN 5 5 5 259 24.5 19 8 11
    2019 HOU 15 15 15 629 57.9 2.5 52 28 24
    2018 HOU 16 16 16 637 60.4 2 33 23 10
    2017 HOU 14 14 14 526 52.8 1 48 23 25
    2016 HOU 16 16 7 407 43.1 1 22 8 14
    Totals 105 105 96 3,980 - 10 278 150 128 0 0