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J.J. Watt

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Texans, DE Age: 31 Exp: 10 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#11 overall), 2011 College: Wisconsin Agent(s): Tom Condon (CAA Sports)

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  • Current Contract

    J.J. Watt signed a 6 year / $100,005,425 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $10,000,000 signing bonus, $51,876,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $16,667,571. In 2015, Watt will earn a base salary of $9,969,000. His $10 million roster bonus was converted to signing bonus, and now pro-rates over the next 5 seasons. Watt has a cap hit of $13,969,000 while his dead money value is $27,969,000.

    Contract: 6 yr(s) / $100,005,425
    Signing Bonus $10,000,000
    Average Salary $16,667,571
    Total Guarantees $51,876,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $30,881,810
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Restructure Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2014 Contract details by year 25 $907,385 $3,668,182 - $4,575,567 $32,549,992 $10,907,385($10,907,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2014 Dead Cap: $32,549,992 2014 Cap Savings: $-27,974,425 Pre-6/1 Trade 2014 Dead Cap: $32,549,992 2014 Cap Savings: $-27,974,425 Post-6/1 Release 2014 Dead Cap: $0 2015 Dead Cap: $32,549,992 2014 Cap Savings: $4,575,567 Post-6/1 Trade 2014 Dead Cap: $0 2015 Dead Cap: $32,549,992 2014 Cap Savings: $4,575,567
    2015 Contract details by year 26 $9,969,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $13,969,000 $27,969,000 $19,969,000($30,876,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2015 Dead Cap: $27,969,000 2015 Cap Savings: $-14,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2015 Dead Cap: $27,969,000 2015 Cap Savings: $-14,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2015 Dead Cap: $13,969,000 2016 Dead Cap: $14,000,000 2015 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2015 Dead Cap: $13,969,000 2016 Dead Cap: $14,000,000 2015 Cap Savings: $0
    2016 Contract details by year 27 $10,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $14,500,000 $35,000,000 $10,500,000($41,376,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2016 Dead Cap: $35,000,000 2016 Cap Savings: $-20,500,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2016 Dead Cap: $14,000,000 2016 Cap Savings: $500,000 Post-6/1 Release 2016 Dead Cap: $25,000,000 2017 Dead Cap: $10,000,000 2016 Cap Savings: $-10,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2016 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2017 Dead Cap: $10,000,000 2016 Cap Savings: $10,500,000
    2017 Contract details by year 28 $10,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $14,500,000 $20,500,000 $10,500,000($51,876,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $20,500,000 2017 Cap Savings: $-6,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $10,000,000 2017 Cap Savings: $4,500,000 Post-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $14,500,000 2018 Dead Cap: $6,000,000 2017 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2018 Dead Cap: $6,000,000 2017 Cap Savings: $10,500,000
    2018 Contract details by year 29 $11,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $15,000,000 $17,000,000 $11,000,000($62,876,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $17,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $-2,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $6,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $9,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $15,000,000 2019 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2019 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2018 Cap Savings: $11,000,000
    2019 Contract details by year 30 $13,000,000 - $2,000,000 $15,000,000 $2,000,000 $13,000,000($75,876,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $13,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2019 Cap Savings: $13,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2019 Cap Savings: $13,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2019 Cap Savings: $13,000,000
    2020 Contract details by year 31 $15,500,000 - - $15,500,000 - $15,500,000($91,376,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $15,500,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $15,500,000 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $15,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $15,500,000
    2021 Contract details by year 32 $17,500,000 - - $17,500,000 - $17,500,000($108,876,385)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $17,500,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $17,500,000 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $17,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $17,500,000
    2022 Free Agent Year 33 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $30.87M fully guaranteed at signing
    • $21.006M in additional full guarantees by 2016
    • 2015 Roster Bonus: $10M (paid 3/24/15, guarantees 9/9/14)
    • 2016 & 2017 Bases Guarantee on 5th day of 2016, 3/13/2016
    • 2016-2021: $500,000 salary de-escalator if he doesn't complete workouts
    • 2015 Restructure: Converted $10M roster bonus into signing bonus / 5 years

    Previous Contracts

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    2011-2015Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $11,237,498
    Signing Bonus $6,672,728
    Average Salary $2,809,375
    Total Guarantees $11,237,498
    Guaranteed at Signing -
    Free Agent: 2016 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2011 Player Cash Earnings $375,000 $6,672,728 - - - - - $7,047,728
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $885,795 - - - - - - $885,795
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $1,396,590 - - - - - - $1,396,590
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $907,385 $10,000,000 - - - - - $10,907,385
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $9,969,000 - - - $10,000,000 - - $19,969,000
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $10,500,000 - - - - - - $10,500,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $10,500,000 - - - - - - $10,500,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $11,000,000 - - - - - - $11,000,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $13,000,000 - - - - - - $13,000,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $15,500,000 - - - - - - $15,500,000
    10 seasons $74,033,770 $16,672,728 - - $10,000,000 - - $100,706,498
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $17,500,000 - - - - - - $17,500,000
    $91,533,770 $16,672,728 - - $10,000,000 - - $118,206,498
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    10 seasons Player Cash Earnings $74,033,770 $16,672,728 - - $10,000,000 - - $100,706,498
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 10/03/2014, $16,537

      Roughing the Passer against E.J. Manuel (BUF)


    • Player contract details by year 11/30/2012, $15,750

      for hitting Lions QB Matthew Stafford in the head/neck area


    • TOTAL: $32,287

  • Transactions

    Mar 24 2015Converted his $10M roster bonus into signing bonus, clearing $8M of 2015 cap space for Houston (HOU)
    Oct 3 2014Fined $16,537 Roughing the Passer against E.J. Manuel (BUF)
    Sep 2 2014Signed a 6 year $100 million extension with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 17 2014Houston (HOU) exercised a $6.969 million option for 2015
    Jul 31 2011Signed a 4 year $11.23 million contract with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 28 2011Drafted by Houston (HOU): Round 1 (#11 overall)
  • 2020 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how J.J. Watt ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2020 HOU 2 2 2 107 79.9 2 6 5 1
    2019 HOU 8 8 8 482 44.3 4 24 15 9 1
    2018 HOU 16 16 16 962 91.2 16 61 47 14 7
    2017 HOU 5 5 5 218 21.9 15 11 4
    2016 HOU 4 3 3 158 16.7 1.5 8 1 7
    2015 HOU 16 16 16 1007 96.8 17.5 76 57 19 3
    2014 HOU 16 16 16 1050 94.0 20.5 78 59 19 4 1
    2013 HOU 16 16 16 960 95.2 10.5 80 65 15 4
    2012 HOU 16 16 16 937 89.0 20.5 81 69 12 4
    2011 HOU 16 16 16 5.5 56 49 7
    Totals 115 114 114 5,881 - 98 485 378 107 23 1