BREAKING: JJ Watt Signs Two-Year Contract with NFC West Franchise Arizona Cardinals

Published 03/01/2021, 1:55 PM EST


Former Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt was released by his ex-employers earlier this year. The Texans are a team undergoing a major transition in the build-up to the 2021 NFL season. Watt spent 10 years with the AFC South franchise.

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He made a return from injury in 2020. But his final season with the Texans turned out to be anti-climactic. They finished 3rd in their division above the misfiring Jacksonville Jaguars with a 4-12 record.

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After being released, Watt was being linked to big-money moves to teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and even the Buffalo Bills. However, the 31-year-old confirmed that he has signed for a new team via his official social media handle.

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JJ Watt finally has a new team in the form of the Arizona Cardinals

After teasing fans with sporadic posts on his Twitter handle for the last couple of weeks, JJ Watt confirmed that he signed a 2-year contract with NFC West franchise Arizona Cardinals earlier today.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport offered fans some inside details surrounding Watt’s new deal with Kliff Kingsbury’s team. He said, “The is signing with the Cardinals a massive deal for really one of the more up-and-coming teams in the NFL.

“Watt is getting a 2-year deal worth $31 million. So more than $15 million a year, probably more than most people imagined he would make $23 million guaranteed as you mentioned, he joins forces again with DeAndre Hopkins, his teammate with the Houston Texans.

“He also joins Vance Joseph, Defensive Coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. They were together in Houston, so some familiarity there.

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“And of course, a new team, one of the best free agents heading into free agency off the market and because he was cut, officially allowed to sign now,” Rapoport said earlier today.

The former 1st-round pick arrives in Arizona to link-up with former Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins. Coach Kingsbury and DC Vance Joseph will be delighted by their newest acquisition.

Aaron Donald’s crown as the toughest and meanest defensive end in the NFC West will face some serious competition this year. But only time will tell if Watt’s move to the Cardinals will turn them into serious playoff contenders. Watch this space for more.

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