Willie Gay Jr.

New Orleans Saints, Outside Linebacker
Age: 26-165d (Feb 15, 1998)
Exp: 5 Years
Country: US
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: Round 2 (#63 overall), 2020
Agent(s): Tory Dandy (CAA Football)
2024 Cap Hit

$3,000,000

2024 Cash

$3,000,000

Career Earnings

$5,245,783

2024-2024 Free Agent (CURRENT)

Willie Gay Jr. signed a 1 year , $3,000,000 contract with the New Orleans Saints, including $1,200,000 signing bonus, $3,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,000,000. In 2024, Gay Jr. will earn a base salary of $1,800,000 and a signing bonus of $1,200,000, while carrying a cap hit of $3,000,000 and a dead cap value of $3,000,000.
Contract Terms:
1 yr(s) / $3,000,000
Average Salary:
$3,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$1,200,000
GTD at Sign:
$3,000,000
Total GTD:
$3,000,000
Free Agent:
2025 / UFA
Year Age Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Cash Annual Cash Cumulative Dead Cap Annual
2024 26 $3,000,000 1.17% $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
2025 27
UFA
Year Age Base P5 Salary Signing Proration Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Dead Cap
2024 26 $1,800,000 $1,200,000 $3,000,000 1.17% $3,000,000
2025 27
UFA
Year Age Base P5 Salary Signing Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 26 $1,800,000 $1,200,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $3,000,000
Source: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2020-2023 Rookie

Willie Gay Jr. signed a 4 year , $5,271,045 contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, including $1,393,488 signing bonus, $1,903,488 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,317,761.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $5,271,045
Average Salary:
$1,317,761
Signing Bonus:
$1,393,488
GTD at Sign:
$1,903,488
Total GTD:
$1,903,488
Free Agent:
2024 / UFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$5,245,783

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2020 22
Active
$2,203,600
$2,203,600
2021 23
Active
$849,593
$3,053,193
2022 24
Active
$863,811
$3,917,004
Champion
2023 25
Active
$1,328,779
$5,245,783
Champion
Total      
$5,245,783
$5,245,783
2024 26
Active
$3,000,000
Total
$8,245,783
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Workout Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2020
22
$610,000
$1,393,488
$200,112
$2,203,600
$2,203,600
2021
23
$849,593
$849,593
$3,053,193
2022
24
$863,811
$863,811
$3,917,004
2023
25
$1,253,779
$75,000
$1,328,779
$5,245,783
Total
$3,577,183
$1,393,488
$75,000
$200,112
$5,245,783
$5,245,783
2024
26
$1,800,000
$1,200,000
$3,000,000
Total
$5,377,183
$2,593,488
$75,000
$200,112
$8,245,783

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Incentives Cash Cumulative
4 $3,577,183 $1,393,488 - - $75,000 $200,112 $5,245,783

Injuries

Year Weeks Reason
2021 KC 1 - 4 Toe
2021 KC 15 - 15 COVID-19
  • Mar 12, 2024 Signed a 1 year $3 million contract with New Orleans (NO)
  • Oct 27, 2023 Fined $8,793 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Los Angeles (LAC)
  • Sep 19, 2022 Suspended 4 games for violating the league's Personal Conduct policy, forfeiting $242,040 in 2022 salary with Kansas City (KC)
  • Jul 20, 2020 Signed a 4 year $5.27 million contract with Kansas City (KC)
  • Apr 24, 2020 Drafted by Kansas City (KC): Round 2 (#63 overall)

Fines

Date Reason Fine Amount
Oct 27, 2023 Unsportsmanlike Conduct against Los Angeles (LAC) $8,793

Suspensions

Date Reason Games Suspended Fine Amount
Sep 19, 2022 Personal Conduct 4 $242,040
Year Team GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sack Tackles Total Tackles Solo Tackles Assisted FFum Int
2023 KC 16 15 624 62.10 1 58 44 14 1 1
2022 KC 13 13 607 69.30 3 88 51 37 1
2021 KC 12 11 437 52.10 1 48 26 22 2
2020 KC 16 8 267 25.10 1 39 29 10 1

Calculated Market Value

Market Value

  • 2 years, $10,745,196
  • Avg. Salary: $5,372,598
  • NFL Rank: 382
  • OLB Rank: 28

Current Contract

  • Free Agent: 2025
  • Avg. Salary: $3,000,000
  • NFL Rank: 609
  • OLB Rank: 49

Comparable Players

We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare Willie Gay Jr. to.

Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
Ja'whaun Bentley 2 $13,500,000 $6,750,000 27
Alex Anzalone 3 $18,300,000 $6,100,000 28
Josey Jewell 2 $11,000,000 $5,500,000 27
Jordan Hicks 2 $10,000,000 $5,000,000 30
Averages 2 $13,200,000 $5,837,500 28.0

Base Calculated Value

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

Length Value Avg. Salary
5 $28,230,770 $5,646,154

Statistical Comparisons

Now we'll compare our variables and Gay Jr. statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: GP%, Tackles/Gm, Sacks/Gm, Stops/Gm, Catch Rate/Yr, QB Hurries/Gm, Rating

Player GP% Tackles/Gm Sacks/Gm Stops/Gm Catch Rate/Yr QB Hurries/Gm Rating
Ja'whaun Bentley
2021-2022
97.06 3.88 0.12 2.33 70.15 0.58 72.55
Alex Anzalone
2021-2022
91.18 4.06 0.08 2.13 75.50 0.48 46.10
Josey Jewell
2020-2021
54.55 4.11 0.11 2.50 69.10 0.28 75.80
Jordan Hicks
2020-2021
100.00 4.67 0.15 2.48 72.05 0.58 57.00
Average 85.70 4.18 0.12 2.36 71.70 0.48 62.86
Willie Gay Jr.
2022-2023
87.88 3.28 0.12 2.21 86.60 0.52 60.50
Pct Change 2.54 -21.53 0.00 -6.36 -20.78 8.33 -3.75
Median Prime % Change -3.75%
Average Prime % Change -5.94%

Calculated Market Value: Willie Gay Jr.

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
2 years, $10,745,196 $5,372,598
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