Ja'Whaun Bentley

Linebacker

Age: 28
Free Agency: 2026 (UFA)
Accrued Seasons: 6
  • 2024 Salary Cap Charge: $6,273,333 (2.37% of cap)
  • 2024 Cash Payout: $3,500,000 (1.28% of spending)
  • 2024 Cash to Cap Ratio: 0.56
  • Contract Value: $13,500,000 ($6,750,000 APY)
  • Fully Guaranteed Money: $9,000,000
  • Contract Ranking: 21/249 at LB

Current Contract

(Extension, signed 2023)
(📝: indicates contract trigger occuring during that year)
YearAgeBase SalaryProrated Signing BonusPer Game Roster BonusWorkout BonusOther BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %
Dead Money & Cap Savings
202327$1,140,000$2,633,333$510,000$100,000$500,000$1,140,000$4,883,3332.2%
202428$2,360,000$1,833,333$1,020,000$120,000$1,000,000$2,360,000$6,273,3332.4%
202529$4,350,000$1,833,334$1,020,000$130,000$0$0$7,333,3342.8%
Total$7,850,000$6,300,000$2,550,000$350,000$1,500,000$3,500,000$18,490,000

Contract Notes

Ja'Whaun Bentley signed a two year, $13.4 million extension with the Patriots on July 5, 2023. $9 million is guaranteed at signing including a $5.5 million signing bonus. Bentley has annual per game bonuses as part of the contract. Another $1.7 million in incentives are available. The extension created just under $270,000 in cap room.

Cash Flows

- fully earned money
- unearned or partially earned money
$6.8M
$13.5M
202320242025
Cash Due$4,970,000$3,500,000$5,500,000
Running Cash$4,500,000$8,000,000$13,500,000
Career Earnings: $15,397,599
Career APY: $2,566,267
Potential Earnings: $24,397,599
Total Guarantees: $13,203,952
Largest Cash Payment: $7,720,000 (2023)
Largest Cap Number: $7,333,334 (2025)

Contract History

TeamContract TypeStatusYear SignedYrsTotalAPYGuaranteesAmount Earned% EarnedEffective APY
PatriotsDraftedExpired20184$2,763,952$690,988$303,952$2,927,599105.9%$731,900
PatriotsUFAExtended20222$6,000,000$3,000,000$3,900,000$4,750,00079.2%$4,750,000
PatriotsExtensionActive20232$13,500,000$6,750,000$9,000,000$7,720,00057.2%$7,720,000
Earnings By Team
TeamYrsSalaryAPYPaid on Cap% Paid on CapPaid as Dead Money% Paid as Dead Money
Patriots6$15,397,599$2,566,267$10,260,9320.0%$00.0%

Season History

YearTeamBase SalaryProrated BonusPer Game Roster BonusWorkout BonusOther BonusGuaranteed SalaryCap
Number
Cap %Cash Paid
2018Patriots$480,000$75,988$0$0$0$0$459,6350.3%$687,599
2019Patriots$570,000$75,988$0$0$0$0$645,9880.3%$570,000
2020Patriots$750,000$75,988$0$0$0$0$825,9880.4%$750,000
2021Patriots$920,000$75,988$0$0$0$0$995,9880.5%$920,000
2022Patriots$1,040,000$800,000$510,000$100,000$0$1,040,000$2,450,0001.2%$4,750,000
2023Patriots$1,140,000$2,633,333$510,000$100,000$500,000$1,140,000$4,883,3332.2%$7,720,000
2024Patriots$2,360,000$1,833,333$1,020,000$120,000$1,000,000$2,360,000$6,273,3332.4%$3,500,000
2025Patriots$4,350,000$1,833,334$1,020,000$130,000$0$0$7,333,3342.8%$5,500,000
Total$11,610,000$7,403,952$3,060,000$450,000$1,500,000$4,540,000$23,867,599$24,397,599

Statistics

YearGames PlayedGames InactiveSnapsTacklesNegative PlaysInterceptionsFumblesTD
InjuredHealthyDefenseSpecialSoloAssistSacksYardsTFLQB HitsPass Def.INTYardsForcedRec.Yards
2018313013.3%9.9%9500111100000
2019160027.9%29.6%291500211000000
2020133059.8%10.2%50401.511332000000
2021161064.0%7.3%674110552003000
2022170080.3%20.4%6062325562100000
2023161086.6%2.3%55594.513.55123001000

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$8,334,000$6,750,000
Injury Adjusted$8,979,652$6,328,125
test
OTC Valuation $3.1M $6.1M $9.2M $12.2M $15.3M APY $3.3M $6.7M $10M $13.3M $16.7M $4,826,000 $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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