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T.J. Watt

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Steelers, OLB Age: 26-145d Exp: 4 Years
Drafted: Round 1 (#30 overall), 2017 College: Wisconsin Agent(s): CAA Sports

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  • Current Contract

    T.J. Watt signed a 4 year, $9,258,568 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including a $4,873,504 signing bonus, $9,258,568 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,314,642. In 2021, Watt will earn a base salary of $10,089,000, while carrying a cap hit of $10,089,000.

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $9,258,568
    Signing Bonus $4,873,504
    Average Salary $2,314,642
    Total Guarantees $9,258,568
    Guaranteed at Signing $9,258,568
    Free Agent: 2022 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2017 Contract details by year 23 $465,000 $1,218,376 $1,683,376 $9,258,568 $5,338,504($5,338,504)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $9,258,568 2017 Cap Savings: $-7,575,192 Pre-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $4,873,504 2017 Cap Savings: $-3,190,128 Post-6/1 Release 2017 Dead Cap: $5,603,440 2018 Dead Cap: $3,655,128 2017 Cap Savings: $-3,920,064 Post-6/1 Trade 2017 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2018 Dead Cap: $3,655,128 2017 Cap Savings: $465,000
    2018 Contract details by year 24 $885,844 $1,218,376 $2,104,220 $7,575,192 $885,844($6,224,348)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $7,575,192 2018 Cap Savings: $-5,470,972 Pre-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $3,655,128 2018 Cap Savings: $-1,550,908 Post-6/1 Release 2018 Dead Cap: $5,138,440 2019 Dead Cap: $2,436,752 2018 Cap Savings: $-3,034,220 Post-6/1 Trade 2018 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2019 Dead Cap: $2,436,752 2018 Cap Savings: $885,844
    2019 Contract details by year 25 $1,306,688 $1,218,376 $2,525,064 $5,470,972 $1,306,688($7,531,036)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $5,470,972 2019 Cap Savings: $-2,945,908 Pre-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $2,436,752 2019 Cap Savings: $88,312 Post-6/1 Release 2019 Dead Cap: $4,252,596 2020 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2019 Cap Savings: $-1,727,532 Post-6/1 Trade 2019 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2020 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2019 Cap Savings: $1,306,688
    2020 Contract details by year 26 $1,727,532 $1,218,376 $2,945,908 $2,945,908 $1,727,532($9,258,568)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $2,945,908 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2020 Cap Savings: $1,727,532 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $2,945,908 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $1,218,376 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2020 Cap Savings: $1,727,532
    2021 Contract details by year 27 $10,089,000 - $10,089,000 - $10,089,000($19,347,568)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $10,089,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $10,089,000 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $10,089,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Dead Cap: $0 2021 Cap Savings: $10,089,000
    2022 Free Agent Year 28 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • 5th-year option available (exercised)
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.
  • 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 $4,873,504 - - - - - $5,338,504
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $885,844 - - - - - - $885,844
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $1,306,688 - - - - - - $1,306,688
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $1,727,532 - - - - - - $1,727,532
    4 seasons $4,385,064 $4,873,504 - - - - - $9,258,568
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $10,089,000 - - - - - - $10,089,000
    $14,474,064 $4,873,504 - - - - - $19,347,568
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $4,385,064 $4,873,504 - - - - - $9,258,568
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 11/22/2019, $3,507

      Entering the field for a fight against Cleveland (CLE)


    • Player contract details by year 10/12/2018, $20,054

      Roughing the Passer against Matt Ryan (ATL)


    • TOTAL: $23,561

  • Transactions

    Apr 28 2020Pittsburgh (PIT) exercised a $10.089 million 5th year option for 2021
    Nov 22 2019Fined $3,507 Entering the field for a fight against Cleveland (CLE)
    Oct 12 2018Fined $20,054 Roughing the Passer against Matt Ryan (ATL)
    Jun 14 2017Signed a 4 year $9.25 million contract with Pittsburgh (PIT)
    Apr 27 2017Drafted by Pittsburgh (PIT): Round 1 (#30 overall)
  • 2021 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how T.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 PIT 15 15 15 856 88.7 15 53 43 10 1 1
    2019 PIT 16 16 16 957 86.8 14.5 55 35 20 8 2
    2018 PIT 16 16 16 902 86.8 13 68 50 18 6
    2017 PIT 15 15 15 752 76.5 7 54 40 14 1 1
    Totals 62 62 62 3,467 - 50 230 168 62 16 4
  • Calculated Market Value

    Market Value

    • 5 yrs, $127,364,650
    • Avg. Salary: $25,472,930
    • NFL Rank: 14
    • OLB Rank: 1

    Current Contract

    • Free Agent: 2022
    • Avg. Salary: $2,314,642
    • NFL Rank: 497
    • OLB Rank: 28

    Comparable Players

    We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare T.J. Watt to.

    Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
    DeMarcus Lawrence 5 $105,000,000 $21,000,000 26
    Myles Garrett 5 $125,000,000 $25,000,000 24
    Joey Bosa 5 $135,000,000 $27,000,000 25
    Frank Clark 5 $104,000,000 $20,800,000 25
    Averages 5 $117,250,000 $23,450,000 25


    Base Calculated Value

    After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Watt's current age (26), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

    Length Value Avg. Salary
    4 $91,806,060 $22,951,515


    Statistical Comparisons

    Now we'll compare our variables and Watt statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: Games Played %, Tackles, Sacks, Stops, Hurries, Rating

    Player GP% Tkl/GM Sacks/GM Stops Hurries Rating
    DeMarcus Lawrence 2017-2018, DAL 100 2.44 0.78 2.34 2.81 90.2
    Myles Garrett 2018-2019, CLE 81.25 2.12 0.9 2.08 2.62 86.9
    Joey Bosa 2018-2019, LAC 71.88 2.87 0.74 2.65 2.57 80.5
    Frank Clark 2017-2018, KC 100 1.66 0.72 1.5 2.31 72.35
    Average 88.28 2.27 0.79 2.14 2.58 82.49
    T.J. Watt 2019-2020 96.88 2.52 0.95 2.58 2.42 91.45
    % Change 9.74% 11.01% 20.25% 20.56% -6.20% 10.86%
    Median Prime % Change 10.94%
    Average Prime % Change 11.04%


    Calculated Market Value: T.J. Watt

    After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

    Terms Avg. Salary
    5 years, $127,364,650 $25,472,930