T.J. Watt

Pittsburgh Steelers, Outside Linebacker
Age: 29-260d (Oct 11, 1994)
Exp: 8 Years
Country: US
College: Wisconsin
Drafted: Round 1 (#30 overall), 2017
Agent(s): CAA Sports
2024 Cap Hit

$30,418,694

2024 Cash

$21,050,000

Career Earnings

$89,852,038

2021-2025 Rookie Extension (CURRENT)

T.J. Watt signed a 4 year , $112,011,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including $35,593,470 signing bonus, $80,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $28,002,750. In 2024, Watt will earn a base salary of $21,050,000, while carrying a cap hit of $30,418,694 and a dead cap value of $18,737,388.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $112,011,000
Average Salary:
$28,002,750
Signing Bonus:
$35,593,470
GTD at Sign:
$80,000,000
Total GTD:
$80,000,000
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Cash Annual Cash Cumulative Dead Cap Annual
2021 27 $8,118,694 4.45% $36,593,470 $36,593,470 $80,593,470
2022 28 $24,368,694 11.70% $24,000,000 $60,593,470 $72,474,776
2023 29 $29,368,694 13.06% $20,000,000 $80,593,470 $48,106,082
POTENTIAL OUT: 2024, 3 YR, $80,593,470; $18,737,388 DEAD CAP
2024 30 $30,418,694 11.91% $21,050,000 $101,643,470 $18,737,388
2025 31 $30,418,694 11.13% $21,050,000 $122,693,470 $9,368,694
2026 32
UFA
Year Age Base P5 Salary Signing Proration Restructure Proration Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Dead Cap
2021 27 $1,000,000 $7,118,694 - $8,118,694 4.45% $80,593,470
2022 28 $15,000,000 $7,118,694 $2,250,000 $24,368,694 11.70% $72,474,776
2023 29 $20,000,000 $7,118,694 $2,250,000 $29,368,694 13.06% $48,106,082
POTENTIAL OUT: 2024, 3 YR, $80,593,470; $18,737,388 DEAD CAP
2024 30 $21,050,000 $7,118,694 $2,250,000 $30,418,694 11.91% $18,737,388
2025 31 $21,050,000 $7,118,694 $2,250,000 $30,418,694 11.13% $9,368,694
2026 32
UFA
Year Age Base P5 Salary Signing Bonus Restructure Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2021 27 $1,000,000 $35,593,470 - $36,593,470 $36,593,470 $36,593,470 $24,538,694
2022 28 $15,000,000 - $9,000,000 $24,000,000 $60,593,470 $30,296,735 $21,525,000
2023 29 $20,000,000 - - $20,000,000 $80,593,470 $26,864,490 $20,700,000
2024 30 $21,050,000 - - $21,050,000 $101,643,470 $25,410,868 $21,050,000
2025 31 $21,050,000 - - $21,050,000 $122,693,470 $24,538,694 $21,050,000
Contract Notes
  • $80M guaranteed (signing bonus + 2021 salary + 2022 salary + 2023 salary)
Source: Profootballtalk

2017-2021 Rookie

T.J. Watt signed a 4 year , $9,258,568 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including $4,873,504 signing bonus, $9,258,568 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,314,642.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $9,258,568
Average Salary:
$2,314,642
Signing Bonus:
$4,873,504
GTD at Sign:
$9,258,568
Total GTD:
$9,258,568
Free Agent:
2022 / UFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$89,852,038

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2017 23
Active
$5,338,504
$5,338,504
2018 24
Active
$885,844
$6,224,348
2019 25
Active
$1,306,688
$7,531,036
2020 26
Active
$1,727,532
$9,258,568
2021 27
Active
$36,593,470
$45,852,038
All NFL (1st) DPOY
2022 28
Active
$24,000,000
$69,852,038
2023 29
Active
$20,000,000
$89,852,038
Afc Pro Bowl:OLB All NFL (1st)
Total      
$89,852,038
$89,852,038
2024 30
Active
$21,050,000
2025 31
Active
$21,050,000
Total
$131,952,038
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Workout Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2017
23
$465,000
$4,873,504
$5,338,504
$5,338,504
2018
24
$885,844
$885,844
$6,224,348
2019
25
$1,306,688
$1,306,688
$7,531,036
2020
26
$1,727,532
$1,727,532
$9,258,568
2021
27
$1,000,000
$35,593,470
$36,593,470
$45,852,038
2022
28
$15,000,000
$9,000,000
$24,000,000
$69,852,038
2023
29
$20,000,000
$20,000,000
$89,852,038
Total
$40,385,064
$40,466,974
$9,000,000
$89,852,038
$89,852,038
2024
30
$21,050,000
$21,050,000
2025
31
$21,050,000
$21,050,000
Total
$82,485,064
$40,466,974
$9,000,000
$131,952,038

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Incentives Cash Cumulative
7 $40,385,064 $40,466,974 - $9,000,000 - - $89,852,038

Injuries

Year Weeks Reason
2021 PIT 13 - 13 COVID-19
2022 PIT 2 - 9 Pectoral
  • Nov 03, 2023 Fined $16,391 Roughing the Passer against Jacksonville (JAX)
  • Oct 13, 2023 Fined $13,659 Removing Helmet on the Field against Baltimore (BAL)
  • Oct 13, 2023 Fined $11,473 Hit to a defenseless receiver against Baltimore (BAL)
  • Dec 02, 2022 Fined $13,621 Obscene Gesture against Indianapolis (IND)
  • Sep 07, 2022 Converted $9M of 2022 salary into signing bonus, clearing $6.75M of cap with Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Dec 12, 2021 Fined $10,300 Taunting against Minnesota (MIN)
  • Oct 22, 2021 Fined $10,815 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Seattle (SEA)
  • Sep 09, 2021 Signed a 4 year $112.011 million contract extension with Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Apr 28, 2020 Pittsburgh (PIT) exercised a $10.089 million 5th year option for 2021
  • Nov 22, 2019 Fined $3,507 Entering the field for a fight against Cleveland (CLE)
  • Oct 12, 2018 Fined $20,054 Roughing the Passer against Matt Ryan (ATL)
  • Jun 14, 2017 Signed a 4 year $9.25 million contract with Pittsburgh (PIT)
  • Apr 27, 2017 Drafted by Pittsburgh (PIT): Round 1 (#30 overall)

Fines

Date Reason Fine Amount
Oct 12, 2018 Roughing the Passer against Matt Ryan (ATL) $20,054
Nov 22, 2019 Entering the field for a fight against Cleveland (CLE) $3,507
Oct 22, 2021 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Seattle (SEA) $10,815
Dec 12, 2021 Taunting against Minnesota (MIN) $10,300
Dec 02, 2022 Obscene Gesture against Indianapolis (IND) $13,621
Oct 13, 2023 Hit to a defenseless receiver against Baltimore (BAL) $11,473
Oct 13, 2023 Removing Helmet on the Field against Baltimore (BAL) $13,659
Nov 03, 2023 Roughing the Passer against Jacksonville (JAX) $16,391
Year Team GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sack Tackles Total Tackles Solo Tackles Assisted FFum Int
2023 PIT 17 16 931 82.50 19 68 48 20 4 1
2022 PIT 10 10 502 82.70 6 39 27 12 1 2
2021 PIT 15 15 758 65.00 23 64 48 16 5
2020 PIT 15 15 856 83.80 15 53 43 10 1 1
2019 PIT 16 16 957 86.80 15 55 35 20 8 2
2018 PIT 16 16 902 86.80 13 68 50 18 6
2017 PIT 15 15 752 76.50 7 54 40 14 1 1
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