Buddy Johnson

Linebacker

Age: 25
Free Agency: 2026 (RFA)
Accrued Seasons: 1
  • 2024 Salary Cap Charge: $915,000 (0.35% of cap)
  • 2024 Cash Payout: $915,000 (0.48% of spending)
  • 2024 Cash to Cap Ratio: 1.00
  • Contract Value: $1,945,000 ($972,500 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $0
  • Contract Ranking: 154/216 at LB

Current Contract

(SFA, signed 2024)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
202425$915,000$915,0000.4%
202526$1,030,000$1,030,0000.4%
Total$1,945,000$1,945,000

Contract Notes

Buddy Johnson signed a one year contract worth $870,000 with the Bears on July 25, 2023.

Cash Flows

- fully earned money
- unearned or partially earned money
$1M
$1.9M
20242025
Cash Due$915,000$1,030,000
Running Cash$915,000$1,945,000
Career Earnings: $1,653,566
Career APY: $551,189
Potential Earnings: $3,424,010
Total Guarantees: $499,344
Largest Cash Payment: $1,159,344 (2021)
Largest Cap Number: $1,030,000 (2025)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
SteelersDraftedTerminated20214$3,979,344$994,836$499,344$1,159,34429.1%$1,159,344
49ersPracticeTerminated20221$207,000$207,000$0$00.0%$0
TexansPracticeExpired20221$207,000$207,000$0$115,00055.6%$115,000
BearsSFATerminated20231$870,000$870,000$0$00.0%$0
CowboysPracticeElevated20231$216,000$216,000$0$00.0%$0
CowboysPracticeElevated20231$216,000$216,000$0$00.0%$0
CowboysPracticeExpired20231$216,000$216,000$0$204,66694.8%$204,666
CowboysSFAActive20242$1,945,000$972,500$0$00.0%$0
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Steelers1$1,159,344$1,159,344$784,8360.0%$374,5080.0%
49ers0$69,000$0$00.0%$69,0000.0%
Texans1$115,000$115,000$115,0000.0%$00.0%
Bears0$105,556$0$00.0%$105,5560.0%
Cowboys1$204,666$204,666$204,6660.0%$00.0%

Season History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2021Steelers$660,000$124,836$784,8360.4%$1,159,344
2022Texans$207,000$0$115,0000.1%$115,000
2023Cowboys$216,000$0$204,6660.1%$204,666
2024Cowboys$915,000$0$915,0000.4%$915,000
2025Cowboys$1,030,000$0$1,030,0000.4%$1,030,000
Total$3,028,000$124,836$3,049,502$3,424,010
Dead Money History
TeamYearCap ChargeCash Paid
Steelers2022$124,836$0
49ers2022$69,000$69,000
Steelers2023$249,672$0
Bears2023$105,556$105,556
Total$549,064$174,556

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames InactiveSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
20214380.5%12.0%0000000000000
20232000.2%6.1%2000000000000

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$568,000$972,500
Injury Adjusted$568,000$972,500
test
OTC Valuation $3.1M $6.1M $9.2M $12.2M $15.3M APY $3.3M $6.7M $10M $13.3M $16.7M $4,874,000 $3,000,000

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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