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Whitney Mercilus

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Texans, OLB Age: 30 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 2020, Mercilus will earn a base salary of $10,500,000, while carrying a cap hit of $12,000,000 and a dead cap value of $27,200,000.

    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: 2024 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster 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 $10,500,000($24,250,000)
    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 $10,500,000 $1,500,000 - $12,000,000 $15,150,000 $10,500,000($34,750,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $15,150,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-3,150,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $4,650,000 2021 Cap Savings: $7,350,000 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $12,050,000 2022 Dead Cap: $3,100,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-50,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2022 Dead Cap: $3,100,000 2021 Cap Savings: $10,450,000

    Potential Out: 2022, 3 yr, $34,750,000; $3,100,000 dead cap

    2022 Contract details by year 32 $12,750,000 $1,500,000 $250,000 $14,500,000 $3,100,000 $13,000,000($47,750,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $3,100,000 2022 Cap Savings: $11,400,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $3,100,000 2022 Cap Savings: $11,400,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2023 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2022 Cap Savings: $12,950,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2023 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2022 Cap Savings: $12,950,000
    2023 Contract details by year 33 $12,250,000 $1,500,000 $250,000 $14,000,000 $1,550,000 $12,500,000($60,250,000)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2023 Cap Savings: $12,450,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2023 Cap Savings: $12,450,000 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $12,450,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $1,550,000 2024 Dead Cap: $0 2023 Cap Savings: $12,450,000
    2024 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: $15,625 ($250,000)
    • Annual $250,000 base salary de-escalator for missing workouts
    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 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 - - - - - - $10,500,000
    9 seasons $33,142,024 $16,742,064 $1,390,625 - - - - $51,274,713
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $10,500,000 - - - - - - $10,500,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $12,750,000 - $250,000 - - - - $13,000,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $12,250,000 - $250,000 - - - - $12,500,000
    $68,642,024 $16,742,064 $1,890,625 - - - - $87,274,713
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    9 seasons Player Cash Earnings $33,142,024 $16,742,064 $1,390,625 - - - - $51,274,713
  • Fines

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

      Roughing Ravens QB Joe Flacco


    • TOTAL: $15,750

  • Transactions

    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)
  • 2020 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how Whitney Mercilus 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 7 7 6 344 70.9 3 14 8 6
    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 122 122 94 6,150 - 53 336 218 109 13 2