T.J. Watt

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Steelers, OLB Age: 27-16d 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, $112,011,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including a $35,593,470 signing bonus, $80,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $28,002,750. In 2021, Watt will earn a base salary of $1,000,000 and a signing bonus of $35,593,470, while carrying a cap hit of $8,118,694 and a dead cap value of $80,593,470.

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $112,011,000
    Signing Bonus $35,593,470
    Average Salary $28,002,750
    Total Guarantees $80,000,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $80,000,000
    Free Agent: 2026 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2021 Contract details by year 27 $1,000,000 $7,118,694 $8,118,694 $80,593,470 $36,593,470($36,593,470)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $80,593,470 2021 Cap Savings: $-72,474,776 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $35,593,470 2021 Cap Savings: $-27,474,776 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $52,118,694 2022 Dead Cap: $28,474,776 2021 Cap Savings: $-44,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2022 Dead Cap: $28,474,776 2021 Cap Savings: $1,000,000
    2022 Contract details by year 28 $24,000,000 $7,118,694 $31,118,694 $72,474,776 $24,000,000($60,593,470)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $72,474,776 2022 Cap Savings: $-41,356,082 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $28,474,776 2022 Cap Savings: $2,643,918 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $51,118,694 2023 Dead Cap: $21,356,082 2022 Cap Savings: $-20,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2023 Dead Cap: $21,356,082 2022 Cap Savings: $24,000,000
    2023 Contract details by year 29 $20,000,000 $7,118,694 $27,118,694 $41,356,082 $20,000,000($80,593,470)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $41,356,082 2023 Cap Savings: $-14,237,388 Pre-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $21,356,082 2023 Cap Savings: $5,762,612 Post-6/1 Release 2023 Dead Cap: $27,118,694 2024 Dead Cap: $14,237,388 2023 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Trade 2023 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2024 Dead Cap: $14,237,388 2023 Cap Savings: $20,000,000
    2024 Contract details by year 30 $21,050,000 $7,118,694 $28,168,694 $14,237,388 $21,050,000($101,643,470)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $14,237,388 2024 Cap Savings: $13,931,306 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $14,237,388 2024 Cap Savings: $13,931,306 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2025 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2024 Cap Savings: $21,050,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2025 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2024 Cap Savings: $21,050,000

    Potential Out: 2025, 4 yr, $101,643,470; $7,118,694 dead cap

    2025 Contract details by year 31 $21,050,000 $7,118,694 $28,168,694 $7,118,694 $21,050,000($122,693,470)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2025 Cap Savings: $21,050,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2025 Cap Savings: $21,050,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Cap Savings: $21,050,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $7,118,694 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2025 Cap Savings: $21,050,000
    2026 Free Agent Year 32 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $80M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2021 salary + 2022 salary + 2023 salary)

    Previous Contracts

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    2017-2021Entry Level

    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
  • 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
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $1,000,000 $35,593,470 - - - - - $36,593,470
    5 seasons $5,385,064 $40,466,974 - - - - - $45,852,038
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $24,000,000 - - - - - - $24,000,000
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $20,000,000 - - - - - - $20,000,000
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $21,050,000 - - - - - - $21,050,000
    2025 Player Cash Earnings $21,050,000 - - - - - - $21,050,000
    $91,485,064 $40,466,974 - - - - - $131,952,038
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    5 seasons Player Cash Earnings $5,385,064 $40,466,974 - - - - - $45,852,038
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 10/22/2021, $10,815

      Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Seattle (SEA)


    • 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: $34,376

  • Transactions

    Oct 22 2021Fined $10,815 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Seattle (SEA)
    Sep 9 2021Signed a 4 year $112.011 million contract extension with Pittsburgh (PIT)
    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

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2021 PIT 8 8 8 392 59.1 12.5 39 29 10 3
    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 70 70 70 3,859 - 62 269 197 72 19 4