Deshaun Watson

Cleveland Browns, Quarterback
Age: 28-282d (Sep 14, 1995)
Exp: 8 Years
Country: US
College: Clemson
Drafted: Round 1 (#12 overall), 2017
Agent(s): David Mulugheta (Athletes First)
2024 Cap Hit

$63,774,678

2024 Cash

$78,000,000

Career Earnings

$142,762,978

2022-2026 Extension (CURRENT)

Deshaun Watson signed a 5 year , $230,000,000 contract with the Cleveland Browns, including $44,965,000 signing bonus, $230,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $46,000,000. In 2024, Watson will earn a base salary of $46,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $63,774,678 and a dead cap value of $200,915,000.
Contract Terms:
5 yr(s) / $230,000,000
Average Salary:
$46,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$44,965,000
GTD at Sign:
$230,000,000
Total GTD:
$230,000,000
Free Agent:
2027 / UFA
Year Age Status Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Cash Annual Cash Cumulative Dead Cap Annual
2022 27 $9,395,500 4.51% $45,367,500 $45,367,500 $229,367,500
2023 28
$19,057,000 8.48% $46,000,000 $91,367,500 $220,057,000
2024 29 $63,774,678 24.97% $46,000,000 $137,367,500 $200,915,000
2025 30 $63,977,000 23.41% $46,000,000 $183,367,500 $136,938,000
2026 31 $63,977,000 21.88% $46,000,000 $229,367,500 $72,961,000
2027 32
Void
UFA
$8,984,000 2.87% - - $8,984,000
Year Age Status Base P5 Salary Signing Proration Restructure Proration Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Dead Cap
2022 27 $402,500 $8,993,000 - $9,395,500 4.51% $229,367,500
2023 28
$1,080,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $19,057,000 8.48% $220,057,000
2024 29 $46,000,000 $8,790,678 $8,984,000 $63,774,678 24.97% $200,915,000
2025 30 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $63,977,000 23.41% $136,938,000
2026 31 $46,000,000 $8,993,000 $8,984,000 $63,977,000 21.88% $72,961,000
2027 32
Void
UFA
- - $8,984,000 $8,984,000 2.87% $8,984,000
Year Age Status Base P5 Salary Signing Bonus Restructure Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2022 27 $402,500 $44,965,000 - $45,367,500 $45,367,500 $45,367,500 $45,873,500
2023 28
$1,080,000 - $44,920,000 $46,000,000 $91,367,500 $45,683,750 $46,000,000
2024 29 $46,000,000 - - $46,000,000 $137,367,500 $45,789,167 $46,000,000
2025 30 $46,000,000 - - $46,000,000 $183,367,500 $45,841,875 $46,000,000
2026 31 $46,000,000 - - $46,000,000 $229,367,500 $45,873,500 $46,000,000
2027 32
Void
- - - - - - -
Contract Notes
  • $230M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2022 salary + 2023 salary + 2024 salary + 2025 salary + 2026 salary)
  • $44.965M Signing Bonus
  • Language exists that will not forfeit signing bonus or void future guarantees upon suspension
  • 2022 salary reduced from $1.035M per the 6-game suspension
Source: PFT

2020-2025 Extension

Deshaun Watson signed a 4 year , $156,000,000 contract with the Houston Texans, including $27,000,000 signing bonus, $110,717,123 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $39,000,000. In 2024, Watson will earn a base salary of $32,000,000, while carrying a cap hit of $32,000,000.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $156,000,000
Average Salary:
$39,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$27,000,000
GTD at Sign:
$73,717,123
Total GTD:
$110,717,123
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
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2017-2021 Rookie

Deshaun Watson signed a 4 year , $13,854,281 contract with the Houston Texans, including $8,215,841 signing bonus, $13,854,281 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,463,570.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $13,854,281
Average Salary:
$3,463,570
Signing Bonus:
$8,215,841
GTD at Sign:
$13,854,281
Total GTD:
$13,854,281
Free Agent:
2022 / UFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$142,762,978

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

2 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2017 22
Injured
$8,618,895
$8,618,895
2018 23
Active
$1,094,740
$9,713,635
2019 24
Active
$1,724,480
$11,438,115
2020 25
Active
$29,417,363
$40,855,478
2021 26
Active
$10,540,000
$51,395,478
2022 27
Active
$45,367,500
$96,762,978
2023 28
Injured
$46,000,000
$142,762,978
Total      
$142,762,978
$142,762,978
2024 29
Active
$46,000,000
2025 30
Active
$46,000,000
2026 31
Active
$46,000,000
Total
$280,762,978
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Workout Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2017
22
$403,054
$8,215,841
$8,618,895
$8,618,895
2018
23
$1,094,740
$1,094,740
$9,713,635
2019
24
$862,231
$862,249
$1,724,480
$11,438,115
2020
25
$1,177,123
$27,000,000
$1,177,123
$63,117
$29,417,363
$40,855,478
2021
26
$10,540,000
$10,540,000
$51,395,478
2022
27
$402,500
$44,965,000
$45,367,500
$96,762,978
2023
28
$1,080,000
$44,920,000
$46,000,000
$142,762,978
Total
$15,559,648
$80,180,841
$44,920,000
$2,039,372
$63,117
$142,762,978
$142,762,978
2024
29
$46,000,000
$46,000,000
2025
30
$46,000,000
$46,000,000
2026
31
$46,000,000
$46,000,000
Total
$153,559,648
$80,180,841
$44,920,000
$2,039,372
$63,117
$280,762,978

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Incentives Cash Cumulative
5 $14,077,148 $35,215,841 $2,039,372 - - $63,117 $51,395,478
2 $1,482,500 $44,965,000 - $44,920,000 - - $91,367,500

Injuries

Year Weeks Reason
2017 HOU 9 - 17 Knee (ACL)
2023 CLE 11 - 18 Shoulder
  • Sep 22, 2023 Fined $10,927 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
  • Sep 22, 2023 Fined $10,927 Unsportsmanlike Conduct
  • Sep 22, 2023 Fined $13,659 Taunting (Gun Celebration)
  • Mar 13, 2023 Converted $44.92M of 2023 salary into signing bonus, adding 1 void year, clearing $35.8M of cap with Cleveland (CLE)
  • Aug 18, 2022 Fined $5,000,000 Conduct detrimental to the league
  • Aug 01, 2022 Suspended 11 games for conduct detrimental to the league, forfeiting $632,500 in 2022 salary with Cleveland (CLE)
  • Mar 18, 2022 Signed a 5 year $230 million contract extension with Cleveland (CLE)
  • Mar 18, 2022 Traded to Cleveland (CLE) from Houston (HOU) with 2024 6th round pick (#203 - traded) for 2023 1st round pick (#12 - traded), 2022 1st round pick (#13 - traded), 2024 1st round pick (#23 - traded), 2023 3rd round pick (#73 - traded), 2022 4th round pick (#107 Dameon Pierce) and 2024 4th round pick (#123 - traded)
  • Dec 21, 2020 Fined $7,500 Conduct detrimental to the league (COVID Protocols)
  • Sep 05, 2020 Signed a 4 year $156 million contract extension with Houston (HOU)
  • Apr 27, 2020 Houston (HOU) exercised a $17.54 million 5th year option for 2021
  • May 12, 2017 Signed a 4 year $13.85 million contract with Houston (HOU)
  • Apr 27, 2017 Drafted by Houston (HOU): Round 1 (#12 overall)

Fines

Date Reason Fine Amount
Dec 21, 2020 Conduct detrimental to the league (COVID Protocols) $7,500
Aug 18, 2022 Conduct detrimental to the league $5,000,000
Sep 22, 2023 Taunting (Gun Celebration) $13,659
Sep 22, 2023 Unsportsmanlike Conduct $10,927
Sep 22, 2023 Unsportsmanlike Conduct $10,927

Suspensions

Date Reason Games Suspended Fine Amount
Aug 01, 2022 Conduct detrimental to the league 11 $632,500
Year Team GP GS Snaps Snaps% Pass Attempts Pass Completions Pass Completion % Pass Yards Pass Yards/Gm Pass Touchdowns Pass Interceptions Pass Rating Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush Touchdowns Fum
2023 CLE 6 5 383 56.20 171 105 61.4 1,115 185.8 7 4 84.32 26 142 1 5
2022 CLE 6 6 387 98.70 170 99 58.2 1,102 183.7 7 5 79.09 36 175 1 1
2021 HOU 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0
2020 HOU 16 16 979 99.90 544 382 70.2 4,823 301.4 33 7 112.40 90 444 3 8
2019 HOU 15 15 1,026 93.70 495 333 67.3 3,852 256.8 26 12 97.98 82 413 7 10
2018 HOU 16 16 1,093 99.90 505 345 68.3 4,165 260.3 26 9 103.11 99 551 5 9
2017 HOU 7 6 464 59.40 204 126 61.8 1,699 242.7 19 8 102.96 36 269 2 3
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