Zach Wilson’s Contract: Salary, Cap Hit, Dead Money

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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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  • Zach Wilson signed a four-year contract in July 2021.
  • The rookie deal is fully guaranteed.
  • Dead money would exceed $10 million if traded or released.

Two months after the New York Jets selected Zach Wilson with the second overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the former BYU quarterback ended a brief holdout and signed a four-year rookie contract.

Wilson has had an up-and-down start to his career.

Zach Wilson’s Contract

Zach Wilson’s contract is a four-year deal worth $35,150,681, all of which is guaranteed and includes a signing bonus of approximtely $22.9 million. 

The contract included a fifth-year option for 2025.

Zach Wilson’s Salary

Zach Wilson’s base salary for 2023 is just $940,000 but thanks to a roster bonus of $2,915,516 his total cash number is $3,855,516.

Annual base salary:

  • 2021: $660,000
  • 2022: $825,000
  • 2023: $940,000
  • 2024: $1,055,000

Annual total cash:

  • 2021: $23,584,132
  • 2022: $2,257,758
  • 2023: $3,855,516
  • 2024: $5,453,274

Annual cap hit:

  • 2021: $6,391,033
  • 2022: $7,988,791
  • 2023: $9,586,549
  • 2024: $11,184,307

Zach Wilson’s Dead Money

If Zach Wilson isn’t on the New York Jets’ roster in 2024, the Jets will have a dead cap hit of $11,384,107.

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