Zach Cunningham

Linebacker

Age: 27
Free Agency: 2025 (UFA)
Accrued Seasons: 4
  • 2021 Salary Cap Charge: $5,767,500 (2.98% of cap)
  • 2021 Cash Payout: $9,000,000 (4.29% of spending)
  • 2021 Cash to Cap Ratio: 1.56
  • Contract Value: $58,000,000 ($14,500,000 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $23,574,783
  • Contract Ranking: 3/206 at LB

Current Contract

(Extension, signed 2020)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated BonusRoster BonusPer Game Roster BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
202026$1,074,783$2,748,043$2,000,000$0$3,074,783$5,822,8262.7%
202127$990,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$990,000$5,767,5003.0%
2022 📝
March 22: $10 million injury guarantee vests into a full guarantee for skill, cap, injury
28$10,000,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$0$14,777,5007.3%
202329$11,000,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$0$15,777,5007.0%
202430$12,500,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$0$17,277,5006.7%
Total$35,564,783$19,858,043$2,000,000$2,000,000$4,064,783$59,422,826

Contract Notes

On March 30, 2021 Houston restructured Cunningham's contract with a basic salary to signing bonus conversion per Field Yates. Houston converted $7.51 million to a signing bonus, creating $5.63 million in cap space.

Zach Cunningham signed a 4 year contract extension with the Houston Texans on August 31, 2020 worth $58 million in new money.  Cunningham received $23,574,783 fully guaranteed, including a $12 million signing bonus, $2 million roster bonus 3 days after signing, and fully guaranteed salaries in 2020 and 2021.  Cunningham has an injury guarantee in 2022 worth $10 million at signing, and will best to a full guarantee on the 5th day of the 2022 league year.  Cunningham can earn up to $500,000 in per game roster bonuses (paid $31,250 per game active) in 2021-2024.

Cash Flows

- fully earned money
- unearned or partially earned money
$14.5M
$29M
$43.5M
$58M
20202021202220232024
Cash Due$14,000,000$9,000,000$10,500,000$11,500,000$13,000,000
Running Cash$14,000,000$23,000,000$33,500,000$45,000,000$58,000,000
Career Earnings: $25,981,738
Career APY: $6,495,435
Potential Earnings: $62,471,738
Total Guarantees: $26,100,216
Largest Cash Payment: $15,074,783 (2020)
Largest Cap Number: $17,277,500 (2024)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
TexansDraftedRenegotiated20174$4,471,738$1,117,935$2,525,433$3,396,95576.0%$1,132,318
TexansExtensionActive20204$58,000,000$14,500,000$23,574,783$22,584,78338.9%$22,584,783
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Texans4$25,981,738$6,495,435$8,871,7380.0%$00.0%

Season History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusRoster BonusPer Game Roster BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2017Texans$465,000$348,043$0$0$465,000$813,0430.5%$1,857,172
2018Texans$668,261$348,043$0$0$668,261$1,016,3040.5%$668,261
2019Texans$871,522$348,043$0$0$0$1,219,5650.6%$871,522
2020Texans$1,074,783$2,748,043$2,000,000$0$3,074,783$5,822,8262.7%$15,074,783
2021Texans$990,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$990,000$5,767,5003.0%$9,000,000
2022Texans$10,000,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$0$14,777,5007.3%$10,500,000
2023Texans$11,000,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$0$15,777,5007.0%$11,500,000
2024Texans$12,500,000$4,277,500$0$500,000$0$17,277,5006.7%$13,000,000
Total$37,569,566$20,902,172$2,000,000$2,000,000$5,198,044$62,471,738$62,471,738

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames MissedSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
2017160079.4%43.2%44341.57.5426001000
2018142070.4%14.6%7334003251382101
2019160087.3%31.4%99432117320002240
2020160085.3%27.3%10558316742001000

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$6,815,000$14,500,000
Injury Adjusted$6,815,000$14,500,000
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OTC Valuation $3.9M $7.8M $11.7M $15.6M $19.5M APY $3.9M $7.8M $11.8M $15.7M $19.6M $3,700,000 $2,910,315

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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