Whitney Mercilus

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Texans, OLB Age: 31-30d Exp: 9 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#26 overall), 2012 College: Illinois Agent(s): Todd France (CAA Sports)

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  • Current Contract

    Whitney Mercilus signed a 4 year, $54,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $7,500,000 signing bonus, $28,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $13,500,000. In 2021, Mercilus will earn a base salary of $4,500,000, a roster bonus of $617,647 and a restructure bonus of $6,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $8,617,647 and a dead cap value of $15,000,000.

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $54,000,000
    Signing Bonus $7,500,000
    Average Salary $13,500,000
    Total Guarantees $28,500,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $18,000,000
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Restructure Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2019 Contract details by year 29 $5,750,000 $2,550,000 $500,000 - $8,800,000 - $13,750,000($13,750,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $0 2019 Cap Savings: $8,800,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $0 2019 Cap Savings: $8,800,000 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2019 Cap Savings: $8,800,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Dead Cap: $0 2019 Cap Savings: $8,800,000
    2020 Contract details by year 30 $10,500,000 $1,500,000 - - $12,000,000 $27,200,000 $10,532,392($24,282,392)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $27,200,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-15,200,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $6,200,000 2020 Cap Savings: $5,800,000 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $22,550,000 2021 Dead Cap: $4,650,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-10,550,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2021 Dead Cap: $4,650,000 2020 Cap Savings: $10,450,000
    2021 Contract details by year 31 $4,500,000 $1,500,000 $617,647 $2,000,000 $8,617,647 $15,000,000 $11,117,647($35,400,039)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $15,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-6,382,353 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $10,500,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-1,882,353 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $8,000,000 2022 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $617,647 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2022 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $5,117,647

    Potential Out: 2022, 3 yr, $35,400,039; $7,000,000 dead cap

    2022 Contract details by year 32 - $1,500,000 - $2,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $7,000,000 2022 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2023 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2022 Cap Savings: $3,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2023 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2022 Cap Savings: $3,500,000
    2023 Contract details by year 33 - $1,500,000 - $2,000,000 $3,500,000 $3,500,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $3,500,000 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $0
    2022 Free Agent Year 34 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $18M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2020 salary)
    • 2021 salary fully guarantees on 3/22/2020 (guaranteed for injury now)
    • 2022-2023 Per Game Active Bonus: $14,705 ($250,000)
    • Annual $250,000 base salary de-escalator for missing workouts
    • 2022-23 years converted to void per the 2021 restructure ($7M dead cap)
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

    Previous Contracts

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    2015-2019

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $26,000,000
    Signing Bonus $5,250,000
    Average Salary $6,500,000
    Total Guarantees $10,681,012
    Guaranteed at Signing $10,681,012
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA

    2012-2015Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $7,634,088
    Signing Bonus $3,992,064
    Average Salary $1,908,522
    Total Guarantees $6,203,084
    Guaranteed at Signing -
    Free Agent: 0 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2012 Player Cash Earnings $390,000 $3,992,064 - - - - - $4,382,064
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $737,004 - - - - - - $737,004
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $1,084,008 - - - - - - $1,084,008
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $931,012 $5,250,000 - - - - - $6,181,012
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $4,500,000 - $234,375 - - - - $4,734,375
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $4,500,000 - $156,250 - - - - $4,656,250
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $4,750,000 - $500,000 - - - - $5,250,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $5,750,000 $7,500,000 $500,000 - - - - $13,750,000
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $10,500,000 - - - - - $32,392 $10,532,392
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $4,500,000 - $617,647 - $6,000,000 - - $11,117,647
    10 seasons $37,642,024 $16,742,064 $2,008,272 - $6,000,000 - $32,392 $62,424,752
    $37,642,024 $16,742,064 $2,008,272 - $6,000,000 - $32,392 $62,424,752
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    10 seasons Player Cash Earnings $37,642,024 $16,742,064 $2,008,272 - $6,000,000 - $32,392 $62,424,752
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 09/27/2013, $15,750

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    • TOTAL: $15,750

  • Transactions

    Mar 24 2021Converted $6M of 2021 salary into bonus, voiding 2022-23 salaries, clearing $4M of cap space with Houston (HOU)
    Dec 28 2019Signed a 4 year $54 million contract extension with Houston (HOU)
    May 4 2015Signed a 4 year $26 million extension with Houston (HOU)
    May 3 2015Declined a $7.751 million option for 2016
    Jun 13 2012Signed a 4 year $7.6 million contract with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 26 2012Drafted by Houston (HOU): Round 1 (#26 overall)
  • 2021 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2021 HOU 2 2 2 48 64.9 1 5 3 2
    2020 HOU 13 13 12 614 58.9 4 21 12 9
    2019 HOU 16 16 16 968 89.1 7.5 48 33 15 4 2
    2018 HOU 16 16 9 786 74.5 4 39 22 17 2
    2017 HOU 5 5 5 204 20.5 1 10 9 1 1
    2016 HOU 15 15 15 874 92.5 7.5 51 35 16 1
    2015 HOU 16 16 10 742 71.3 12 52 32 18 1
    2014 HOU 15 15 13 804 72.0 5 50 31 19 2
    2013 HOU 16 16 16 932 92.5 7 47 33 14
    2012 HOU 16 16 4 496 47.1 6 25 15 3 2
    Totals 130 130 102 6,468 - 55 348 225 114 13 2