Whitney Mercilus

3-4 Outside Linebacker

  • 2019 Salary Cap Charge: $8,800,000
  • % of 2019 Team Cap: 4.17%
  • 2019 Cash Payout: $13,750,000
  • % of 2019 Team Cash Spending: 7.84%
  • 2019 Cash to Cap Ratio: 1.56
  • Total Contract Value: $54,000,000
  • Annual Contract Value: $13,500,000
  • Position Ranking: 6/92 at 34OLB
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $18,000,000
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 6' 4"
  • Weight: 258
  • College: Illinois
  • Accrued Seasons: 8
  • Entry: 2012 Draft, Round 1, #26 overall (Texans)
  • Year Signed: 2019 (Extension)
  • Free Agency: 2024 (UFA)
  • 2019 OTC Valuation: $8,530,000

Contract Notes

Whitney Mercilus signed a 4 year contract extension on December 28, 2019 with the Houston Texans.  The contract is worth $54 million in new money with $18 million guaranteed full at signing.  Mercilus received a $7.5 million signing bonus, along with a $10.5 million salary guarantee (full) in 2020.  Mercilus' $10.5 million salary in 2021 is guaranteed for injury only at signing, but will vest to a full guarantee on the 5th day of the 2020 league year; bringing the total guarantee to $28.5 million.  Mercilus can earn up to $250,000 ($15,625 per game active) in 2022 and 2023.

Whitney Mercilus signed a 4 year contract extension on May 5, 2015. The contract contains $10,681,012 in full guarantees including a signing bonus of $5.25 million.  Mercilus base salaries in 2015 and 2016 are both fully guaranteed. He is elibible for per game active roster bonuses in each year of his exension. The Texans increases his cap charge by $550,000 in 2015 with the extension.

Current Contract

(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusPer Game Roster BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
201929$5,750,000$2,550,000$500,000$0$8,800,0004.7%
2020 📝
March 22: 2021 $10.5 million base salary vests to a full guarantee.
30$10,500,000$1,500,000$0$10,500,000$12,000,0006.0%
202131$10,500,000$1,500,000$0$0$12,000,000--
202232$12,750,000$1,500,000$250,000$0$14,500,000--
202333$12,250,000$1,500,000$250,000$0$14,000,000--
Total$51,750,000$8,550,000$1,000,000$10,500,000$61,300,000
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Career Earnings: $40,790,346
Career APY: $5,098,793
Potential Earnings: $87,290,346
Total Guarantees: $34,884,096
Largest Cash Payment: $13,750,000 (2019)
Largest Cap Hit: $14,500,000 (2022)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
TexansDraftedRenegotiated20124$7,634,096$1,908,524$6,203,084$6,203,08481.3%$2,067,695
TexansExtensionRenegotiated20154$26,000,000$6,500,000$10,681,012$20,837,26280.1%$5,209,316
TexansExtensionActive20194$54,000,000$13,500,000$18,000,000$13,750,00025.5%$13,750,000
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Texans8$40,790,346$5,098,793$35,102,8460.0%$00.0%

Salary Cap History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusPer Game Roster BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2012Texans$390,000$998,018$0$0$1,388,0181.2%$4,382,072
2013Texans$737,004$998,018$0$737,004$1,735,0221.4%$737,004
2014Texans$1,084,008$998,018$0$1,084,008$2,082,0261.6%$1,084,008
2015Texans$931,012$2,048,018$0$931,012$2,979,0302.1%$6,181,012
2016Texans$4,500,000$1,050,000$250,000$4,500,000$5,800,0003.7%$4,750,000
2017Texans$4,500,000$1,050,000$500,000$0$6,018,7503.6%$4,656,250
2018Texans$4,750,000$1,050,000$500,000$0$6,300,0003.6%$5,250,000
2019Texans$5,750,000$2,550,000$500,000$0$8,800,0004.7%$13,750,000
2020Texans$10,500,000$1,500,000$0$10,500,000$12,000,0006.0%$10,500,000
2021Texans$10,500,000$1,500,000$0$0$12,000,000--$10,500,000
2022Texans$12,750,000$1,500,000$250,000$0$14,500,000--$13,000,000
2023Texans$12,250,000$1,500,000$250,000$0$14,000,000--$12,500,000
Total$68,642,024$16,742,072$2,250,000$17,752,024$87,602,846$87,290,346

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
201216----46.6%41.9%205617671002100
2013160091.4%18.0%33147366180000000
2014151071.2%29.8%31195309110002000
2015160070.9%31.2%3220126014162001250
2016151086.0%21.7%36177.556.513221001470
2017511019.8%3.0%9116110001000
2018160073.6%13.7%22174285140002000
2019160088.5%0.2%33157.544.591522884120

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$8,527,000$13,500,000
Injury Adjusted$8,527,000$13,500,000
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OTC Valuation $3.5M $7.1M $10.6M $14.1M $17.6M APY $3.9M $7.8M $11.8M $15.7M $19.6M $7,830,000 $7,500,000

Weekly Valuation Trends

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