Deshaun Watson has made it public that he wants to leave the Houston Texans, but if the franchise doesn’t grant him his wishes, the superstar quarterback could lose out on a lot of money if he decides to sit out the 2021 NFL season.
If Watson decides to sit out of the team’s mandatory minicamp, he’ll be subject to a $93,085 fine, according to ProFootballTalk.com. If he then decides to skip training camp, he’d be fined $50,000 per day. So in all, Watson could miss 34 days of work, which would result in a total fine of $1.7 million.
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If Watson carries a potential holdout into the season, he’d be fined the amount of a regular-season game check for each preseason game he misses, according to the website. He’d lose out on $620,000 per game at a base salary of $10.54 million. Add in the expected three preseason games, and he’d lose out on an additional $1.86 million.
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So in total, if Watson sits out this upcoming offseason, training camp and preseason, he’d be hit with $3.653 million in fines. If the NFL increases the regular-season schedule to 17 games, Watson would lose another $11.16 million in base salary.
Watson also has a $5.4 million signing bonus for 2021 that he would have to return to the team if he decides not to play. So, in total, Watson could lose $20.213 million, per ProFootballTalk.
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Sitting out the 2021 season would affect Watson’s contract for 2022 as well. His base salary would remain $10.54 million based on a 16-game schedule, but he currently has a 2022 base salary of $35 million. That salary would be pushed back to 2023, and Watson would make around $24 million less in 2022 than what he could potentially make.