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Zach Cunningham

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Texans, ILB Age: 26-119d Exp: 4 Years
Drafted: Round 2 (#57 overall), 2017 College: Vanderbilt Agent(s): Athletes First

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  • Current Contract

    Zach Cunningham signed a 4 year, $58,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including a $12,000,000 signing bonus, $32,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $14,500,000. In 2021, Cunningham will earn a base salary of $990,000, a roster bonus of $500,000 and a restructure bonus of $7,510,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,767,500 and a dead cap value of $18,100,000.

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $58,000,000
    Signing Bonus $12,000,000
    Average Salary $14,500,000
    Total Guarantees $32,500,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $23,500,000
    Free Agent: 2025 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Restructure Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2020 Contract details by year 26 $1,074,783 $2,748,046 $2,000,000 - $5,822,829 $23,848,046 $15,074,783($15,074,783)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $23,848,046 2020 Cap Savings: $-18,025,217 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $14,348,046 2020 Cap Savings: $-8,525,217 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $14,248,046 2021 Dead Cap: $9,600,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-8,425,217 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $4,748,046 2021 Dead Cap: $9,600,000 2020 Cap Savings: $1,074,783
    2021 Contract details by year 27 $990,000 $2,400,000 $500,000 $1,877,500 $5,767,500 $18,100,000 $9,000,000($24,074,783)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $18,100,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-12,332,500 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $17,110,000 2021 Cap Savings: $-11,342,500 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $5,267,500 2022 Dead Cap: $12,832,500 2021 Cap Savings: $500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2022 Dead Cap: $12,832,500 2021 Cap Savings: $1,490,000
    2022 Contract details by year 28 $10,000,000 $2,400,000 $500,000 $1,877,500 $14,777,500 $12,832,500 $10,500,000($34,574,783)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $12,832,500 2022 Cap Savings: $1,945,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $12,832,500 2022 Cap Savings: $1,945,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2023 Dead Cap: $8,555,000 2022 Cap Savings: $10,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2023 Dead Cap: $8,555,000 2022 Cap Savings: $10,500,000

    Potential Out: 2023, 3 yr, $34,574,783; $8,555,000 dead cap

    2023 Contract details by year 29 $11,000,000 $2,400,000 $500,000 $1,877,500 $15,777,500 $8,555,000 $11,500,000($46,074,783)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $8,555,000 2023 Cap Savings: $7,222,500 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $8,555,000 2023 Cap Savings: $7,222,500 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2024 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2023 Cap Savings: $11,500,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2024 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2023 Cap Savings: $11,500,000
    2024 Contract details by year 30 $12,500,000 $2,400,000 $500,000 $1,877,500 $17,277,500 $4,277,500 $13,000,000($59,074,783)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2024 Cap Savings: $13,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2024 Cap Savings: $13,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $13,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $4,277,500 2025 Dead Cap: $0 2024 Cap Savings: $13,000,000
    2025 Free Agent Year 31 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $32.5M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2020 salary + 2020 roster bonus + 2021 salary)
    • 2022 salary fully guarantees in March 2022
    • 2020 Roster Bonus: $2M
    • Per Game Active Bonus: $29,411 ($500,000)
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

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    2017-2020Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $4,471,745
    Signing Bonus $1,392,178
    Average Salary $1,117,936
    Total Guarantees $2,060,439
    Guaranteed at Signing $2,060,439
    Free Agent: 2021 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $465,000 $1,392,178 - - - - - $1,857,178
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $668,261 - - - - - - $668,261
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $871,522 - - - - - - $871,522
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $1,074,783 $12,000,000 $2,000,000 - - - - $15,074,783
    4 seasons $3,079,566 $13,392,178 $2,000,000 - - - - $18,471,744
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $990,000 - $500,000 - $7,510,000 - - $9,000,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $10,000,000 - $500,000 - - - - $10,500,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $11,000,000 - $500,000 - - - - $11,500,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $12,500,000 - $500,000 - - - - $13,000,000
    $37,569,566 $13,392,178 $4,000,000 - $7,510,000 - - $62,471,744
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $3,079,566 $13,392,178 $2,000,000 - - - - $18,471,744
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 11/03/2017, $18,231

      Roughing the Passer against Russell Wilson (SEA)


    • TOTAL: $18,231

  • Transactions

    Mar 30 2021Converted $7.51M of 2021 salary into bonus, clearing $5.63M of cap space with Houston (HOU)
    Aug 30 2020Signed a 4 year $58 million contract extension with Houston (HOU)
    Nov 3 2017Fined $18,231 Roughing the Passer against Russell Wilson (SEA)
    May 12 2017Signed a 4 year $4.47 million contract with Houston (HOU)
    Apr 28 2017Drafted by Houston (HOU): Round 2 (#57 overall)
  • 2021 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2020 HOU 16 16 16 944 90.5 3 164 106 58 1
    2019 HOU 16 16 16 955 87.9 2 142 99 43
    2018 HOU 14 14 14 752 71.3 107 73 34 2 1
    2017 HOU 16 16 13 816 81.9 1.5 88 48 40 1
    Totals 62 62 59 3,467 - 7 501 326 175 4 1