J.J. Watt Joins Arizona Cardinals on Free Agent Deal

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J.J. Watt Joins Arizona Cardinals on Free Agent Deal

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J.J. Watt, 3-Time Defensive Player of the Year, Joins Arizona Cardinals

Just approximately a month after Super Bowl LV, it appears that one lucky team will be getting a star defensive player. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Free Agent Defensive End J.J. Watt will be joining the Arizona Cardinals. The contract will be for two years and it will be worth $31 million. Watt also confirmed the signing via social media. Even Cardinals Quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray congratulated Watt on joining the team. J.J. Watt has spent his entire career with the Houston Texans (dating back to 2011) prior to his recent release from the team.

Why Did J.J Watt Sign with the Cardinals?

Arizona decided to sign J.J. Watt in order to bolster its roster and improve its playoff chances. The Cardinals went 8-8 during the 2020 season, finishing just short of a postseason berth. Watt is not the only former Texans player Arizona has acquired over the past couple years. In 2020, the Cardinals acquired WR DeAndre Hopkins from Houston. With the 3-Time Defensive Player of the Year in the fold, Watt will get to team up with 5-Time Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins and Offensive Player of the Year Kyler Murray.

Why Did the Houston Texans Release J.J. Watt?

The Texans released Watt as part of the team’s rebranding efforts. Recently, Houston hired former Baltimore Ravens coach David Culley as the team’s new head coach. Perhaps the most coverage in regards to the Texans this off-season is QB Deshaun Watson demanding to be traded. The QB was reportedly upset with the franchise’s search efforts for a General Manager as well as the lack of diversity in the head coach search. Houston finished 4-12 during the 2020 campaign and fired head coach David O’Brien during the season.

What Was Watt’s Tenure with Houston Like?

J.J. Watt was the #11 overall pick by Houston (out of Wisconsin) in the 2011 Draft. He guided the Texans to five playoff appearances (2011-2012, 2015, 2018, 2019). Also, Watt was selected to the Pro Bowl team on five occasions. He won three Defensive Player of the Year awards (2012, 2014, 2015) as well as the Walter Payton Award (charity and performance on the field) in 2017. For his 2020 season with the Texans, Watt committed 5.0 sacks with 36 solo tackles, 16 assist tackles, and 2 forced fumbles.

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The Career Profile of a Free Agent

DE J.J. Watt

  • Selected in the 1st Round by Texans (Wisconsin) in the 2011 Draft
  • Made NFL Debut for Houston in 2011
  • 5-Time Pro-Bowler
  • 5 Playoff Appearances
  • 3-Time Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2017 Walter Payton Award Winner
  • 128 NFL Games Played
  • 101.0 NFL Sacks
  • 409 NFL Solo Tackles
  • 122 NFL Assist Tackles
  • 25 NFL Forced Fumbles

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