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Whitney Mercilus

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Outside Linebacker Age: 29 Exp: 8 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#26 overall), 2012 College: Illinois Agent(s): Todd France (CAA Sports)

Texans – The Athletic

  • 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

    2015-2019

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $26,000,000
    Signing Bonus $5,250,000
    Average Salary $6,500,000
    Guaranteed $10,681,012
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Yearly Cash
    2015 25 $931,012 $2,048,018 - - $2,979,030 $11,679,030 $6,181,012($6,181,012)
    2016 26 $4,500,000 $1,050,000 $234,375 - $5,784,375 $8,700,000 $4,734,375($10,915,387)
    2017 27 $4,500,000 $1,050,000 $468,750 - $6,018,750 $7,650,000 $4,656,250($15,571,637)
    2018 28 $4,750,000 $1,050,000 $500,000 - $6,300,000 $6,850,000 $5,250,000($20,821,637)
    2019 29 $5,750,000 $1,050,000 $500,000 - $7,300,000 $1,050,000 $6,250,000($27,071,637)
    2020 Free agent year 30 UFA  
    • $10.68M fully guaranteed (signing bonus + 2014-15 salaries)
    • 2016 Per-Game Bonus: $15,625 ($250,000)
    • 2017-19 Roster Bonus: $31,250 ($500,000, 5 LTBE in 2018)
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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    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
    8 seasons $22,642,024 $16,742,064 $1,390,625 - - - - $40,774,713
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $10,500,000 - - - - - - $10,500,000
    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
    8 seasons Player Cash Earnings $22,642,024 $16,742,064 $1,390,625 - - - - $40,774,713
  • Fines

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

      Roughing Ravens QB Joe Flacco


    • TOTAL: $15,750

  • 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
    2019 HOU 16 16 16 968 0.891 7.5 48 33 15 4 2
    2018 HOU 16 16 9 786 0.745 4 39 22 17 2
    2017 HOU 5 5 5 204 0.298 1 10 9 1 1
    2016 HOU 15 15 15 874 0.878 7.5 51 35 16 1
    2015 HOU 16 16 10 742 0.713 12 52 32 18 1
    2014 HOU 15 15 13 804 0.720 5 50 31 19 2
    2013 HOU 16 16 16 932 0.925 7 47 33 14
    2012 HOU 16 16 4 496 0.471 6 25 15 3 2
    Totals 115 115 88 5,806 - 50 322 210 103 13 2