Here’s Why Arizona Cardinals Secured a Major Bargain by Signing JJ Watt

Published 04/11/2021, 4:02 PM EDT


JJ Watt arrived in the NFL as a 1st-round pick for the Houston Texans. The highly rated defensive tackle went on to establish himself as one of the top-rated players in his position in the last decade.

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Alongside the likes of Khalil Mack, Von Miller, and Joey Bosa, Watt has been a standout performer in defense.

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He enjoyed a strong run of form between 2012-15 where he won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award thrice. In that period he was also the league leader in sacks in 2012 and 2015.

He spent 10 years with the Texans before he was released earlier this summer. But will they live to regret that decision based on this particular stat?

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How will JJ Watt fare for Arizona Cardinals in 2021?

Since 1982, only one player has managed to register 20+ sacks in an NFL season. His name is JJ Watt. The 32-year-old defensive monster penned a 2-year deal with NFC West side Arizona Cardinals this summer. He is set to rake in $28 million, with $23 million in guarantees.

The following stat further highlights how Watt ranks alongside some of the current defensive ends in the NFL such as Denver Broncos superstar Von Miller.

Watt endured a tough outing with the under-fire Houston Texans in 2020 under the tutelage of former Head Coach Bill O’Brien.

Deshaun Watson and Co. finished 3rd in the AFC South with a 4-12 record. Watt opted to part ways with the organization in search of a new challenge.

He was reportedly in talks with Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, and even the Buffalo Bills over a potential deal. But it was Kingsbury’s Cardinals who won the race for his signature.

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The Kyler Murray-led franchise had a decent outing in the league last year, finishing with an 8-8 record. A player like Watt will only make them a strong contender for the NFC West title in 2021.

Fans are excited to see Watt pair up with the impressive Chandler Jones when the league starts in September. How do you think Watt will fare in The Copper State?

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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