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Breakdown of TE Austin Hooper’s contract with the Browns

A look at how much the team’s new tight end will make with the Browns.

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We are breaking down the year-by-year contract details of each of the free agents the Cleveland Browns have signed. Next up, we are covering TE Austin Hooper. Hooper’s deal is considered to be 4 years for $42 million with $18.5 million fully guaranteed.

TE Austin Hooper’s Contract, Cap Hits Per Year

Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Hit
Year Base Salary Signing Bonus Option Bonus Workout Bonus Total Cap Hit
2020 $1,500,000 $2,000,000 $0 $0 $3,500,000
2021 $4,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,750,000 $0 $8,250,000
2022 $9,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,750,000 $0 $13,250,000
2023 $9,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,750,000 $0 $13,250,000
2024 $0 $2,000,000 $1,750,000 $0 $3,750,000
Total $25,000,000 $10,000,000 $7,000,000 $0 $42,000,000
  • Hooper has $18.5 million in full guarantees, which consists of his $1.5 million base salary in 2020, his $10 million signing bonus, and his $7 million option bonus that begins in 2021.
  • I reached out to Jason from Over the Cap, and he confirmed that Cleveland included a void year on Hooper’s contract in 2024 to extend those bonuses, similar to what they did with the contract of Jack Conklin. The Browns are adding a that void year in 2024 in order to spread Hooper’s signing bonus and option bonus further out and lessen the per-year cap hits from it now.
  • Hooper’s $4.5 million base salary in 2021 is guaranteed for injury right now, but becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster after the third day of the 2021 league year.
  • This is a contract that makes it look like Hooper is hear for the long haul. Hooper’s cap hit in 2023 is $13.25 million; but if Cleveland cut him that year, they’d still carry $7.5 million in dead money.