The most underpaid veteran on the Houston Texans is outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus, per The Ringer.
Mercilus, a 26-year-old out of Illinois, has completed five seasons in Houston, notching 227 tackles and a healthy 37.5 sacks. But he's paid nowhere near what his performance has suggested, especially after playing in at least 15 games every year.
Contract: A four-year, $26 million contract signed in May 2015
Average annual value: $6.5 million (39th among all edge rushers)
2017 salary and bonuses: $4.97 million (55th among all edge rushers)
Total guaranteed at signing: $10.7 million (43rd among all edge rushers)
"Mercilus’s traditional stats from 2016–53 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and a forced fumble — don’t stand out. But those numbers fail to paint a complete picture of just how disruptive the 26-year-old pass rusher really was for the Texans last year. Per Football Outsiders, Mercilus racked up 29.5 total quarterback pressures, just one fewer than teammate Jadeveon Clowney and 20th among all pass rushers league-wide. That put him above Calais Campbell, Jason Pierre-Paul, Chandler Jones, Fletcher Cox, and Malik Jackson in that category, all of whom are playing on deals in the $60 million–to–$100 million range."