The details for Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman J.J. Watt’s contract were revealed early in the day on Wednesday. We know that his signing bonus is $12 million and will be paid a total of $14.5 million in 2021.
We have a little bit more information about his deal.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, he has a no-trade clause as part of the deal.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 3, 2021
This isn’t all that significant, as it is highly unlikely the Cardinals would try and trade him with only a two-year deal.
Albert Breer also gave some insight into the guarantees.
One more note: $20 million is fully guaranteed at signing, with the remaining $3 million (guaranteed for injury) vesting in March 2022. That means Watt’s baseline is either $20 million for one year or $28 million over two.
Really good money. Texans’ favor to Watt paid dividends. https://t.co/Wq3thaR1hy
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 3, 2021
$20 million of the $28 million in the deal is fully guaranteed upon signing.
That would include his $12 million signing bonus, his $2.5 million salary for 2021 and then $5.5 million of his 2022 money. He is due $13.5 million in 2022. Breer notes that the remaining $3 million of the reported $23 million in guaranteed money is guaranteed for injury only and will become fully guaranteed next March.
It all but guarantees that he will be be on the Cardinals’ roster both years of his contract.