Leighton Vander Esch

4-3 Outside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $2,692,678
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 1.34%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $1,018,536
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 0.57%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0.38
  • Total Contract Value: $11,847,784
  • Annual Contract Value: $2,961,946
  • Position Ranking: 16/92 at 43OLB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $11,847,784
  • Age: 23
  • Height: 6' 4"
  • Weight: 256
  • College: Boise State
  • Accrued Seasons: 2
  • Entry: 2018 Draft, Round 1, #19 overall (Cowboys)
  • Year Signed: 2018 (Drafted)
  • Free Agency: 2022, pending fifth year option (UFA)
  • 2019 OTC Valuation: $1,746,000

Contract Notes

Leighton Vander Esch signed a four year contract with the Dallas Cowboys worth $11,847,784 on May 13, 2018. Vander Esch received a $6,696,568 signing bonus and his entire contract is guaranteed. Vander Esch was the 19th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Current Contract

(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
201822$480,000$1,674,142$480,000$2,154,1421.2%
201923$1,018,536$1,674,142$1,018,536$2,692,6781.4%
202024$1,557,072$1,674,142$1,557,072$3,231,2141.6%
202125$2,095,608$1,674,142$2,095,608$3,769,750--
Total$5,151,216$6,696,568$5,151,216$11,847,784
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Career Earnings: $8,195,104
Career APY: $4,097,552
Potential Earnings: $11,847,784
Total Guarantees: $11,847,784
Largest Cash Payment: $7,176,568 (2018)
Largest Cap Hit: $3,769,750 (2021)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
CowboysDraftedActive20184$11,847,784$2,961,946$11,847,784$8,195,10469.2%$4,097,552
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Cowboys2$8,195,104$4,097,552$4,846,8200.0%$00.0%

Salary Cap History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2018Cowboys$480,000$1,674,142$480,000$2,154,1421.2%$7,176,568
2019Cowboys$1,018,536$1,674,142$1,018,536$2,692,6781.4%$1,018,536
2020Cowboys$1,557,072$1,674,142$1,557,072$3,231,2141.6%$1,557,072
2021Cowboys$2,095,608$1,674,142$2,095,608$3,769,750--$2,095,608
Total$5,151,216$6,696,568$5,151,216$11,847,784$11,847,784

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
2018160076.6%43.5%10338002172560000
201997048.0%9.9%43290.52113001000

Valuation Diamond

The diamond is a scatterplot graph that visualizes the relation of the player's APY (in green) and performance (in blue, as measured by OTC's Valuations) to the rest of the league at his position. To understand how to read the diamond, read this explainer.

OTC ValuationAPY
Regular$1,635,000$2,961,946
Injury Adjusted$4,312,208$1,666,095
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OTC Valuation $2.3M $4.5M $6.8M $9.1M $11.4M APY $3.0M $6.0M $9.0M $12.0M $15.0M $4,902,000 $4,717,942

Weekly Valuation Trends

The chart below illustrates the trend of the player's weekly OTC Valuations (in blue) from the most recent season, using APY (in green) and, if applicable, cash that is due to the player in the next season (in red) as benchmarks. Weeks not plotted indicate that the player was inactive or on a bye.

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