T.J. Watt

Edge Rusher

Age: 27
Free Agency: 2026 (UFA)
Accrued Seasons: 4
  • 2021 Salary Cap Charge: $8,118,694 (4.34% of cap)
  • 2021 Cash Payout: $36,593,471 (20.25% of spending)
  • 2021 Cash to Cap Ratio: 4.51
  • Contract Value: $112,011,000 ($28,002,750 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $80,000,000
  • Contract Ranking: 1/212 at EDGE

Current Contract

(Extension, signed 2021)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
202127$1,000,000$7,118,694$1,000,000$8,118,6944.3%
202228$24,000,000$7,118,694$24,000,000$31,118,69414.2%
202329$20,000,000$7,118,694$20,000,000$27,118,69412.1%
202430$21,050,000$7,118,694$0$28,168,69411.0%
202531$21,050,000$7,118,695$0$28,168,695--
Total$87,100,000$35,593,471$45,000,000$122,693,471

Contract Notes

T.J. Watt signed a 4 year contract worth $9,258,810 with the Steelers on June 14, 2017. Watt received a guarantee worth $7,933,745 including a $4,873,680 signing bonus. Watt's first three years are guaranteed and he has a partial 4th year guarantee. Please cite OTC as your source and provide a link to this page if using this information.

Cash Flows

- old money
- fully earned money
- unearned or partially earned money
$28M
$56M
$84M
$112M
Old Money20212022202320242025
Cash Due$11,000$25,911,000$24,000,000$20,000,000$21,050,000$21,039,000
Running Cash$25,922,000$49,922,000$69,922,000$90,972,000$112,011,000
Career Earnings: $44,258,810
Career APY: $11,064,703
Potential Earnings: $131,941,281
Total Guarantees: $87,933,745
Largest Cash Payment: $36,593,471 (2021)
Largest Cap Number: $31,118,694 (2022)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
SteelersDraftedExtended20174$9,258,810$2,314,703$7,933,745$9,258,810100.0%$2,314,703
SteelersExtensionActive20214$112,011,000$28,002,750$80,000,000$35,000,00031.2%$0
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Steelers4$44,258,810$11,064,703$9,258,8100.0%$00.0%

Season History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2017Steelers$465,000$1,218,420$465,000$1,683,4201.0%$5,338,680
2018Steelers$885,855$1,218,420$885,855$2,104,2751.2%$885,855
2019Steelers$1,306,710$1,218,420$1,306,710$2,525,1301.2%$1,306,710
2020Steelers$1,727,565$1,218,420$402,500$2,945,9851.5%$1,727,565
2021Steelers$1,000,000$7,118,694$1,000,000$8,118,6944.3%$36,593,471
2022Steelers$24,000,000$7,118,694$24,000,000$31,118,69414.2%$24,000,000
2023Steelers$20,000,000$7,118,694$20,000,000$27,118,69412.1%$20,000,000
2024Steelers$21,050,000$7,118,694$0$28,168,69411.0%$21,050,000
2025Steelers$21,050,000$7,118,695$0$28,168,695--$21,039,000
Total$91,485,130$40,467,151$48,060,065$131,952,281$131,941,281

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
2017151076.4%33.6%341263581071171000
2018160086.3%13.1%5018138712203006000
2019160086.5%13.3%352014.510414367278400
2020150183.1%9.8%431015112.523417102000
202151063.8%7.8%1837307123003100

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$0$0
Injury Adjusted$0$0
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OTC Valuation $4.4M $8.9M $13.3M $17.8M $22.2M APY $3.9M $7.8M $11.8M $15.7M $19.6M $664,000 $813,158

Weekly Valuation Trends

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