Around 1 PM Monday, JJ Watt put out this tweet, saying that he would officially be signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
Well, at least he used a reliable source.
Watt signed a two-year, $31 million deal per Adam Schefter, joining a defense that already touts talents such as Budda Baker, Chandler Jones, and Isaiah Simmons. Arizona finished with 48 sacks last season, which was the 5th best in the league. Opposing teams had a 91.5 QBR against the Cardinals’ defense, which was the 15th best in the league.
Watt recently requested his release from the Texans, who drafted him in 2011 with the 11th overall pick. Watt spent ten seasons with the team and holds the franchise’s record in sacks, with 101. Watt won three defensive player of the year awards, leading the league in sacks twice, and was a five-time first-team all-pro.
What may be missed even more, however, will be his presence off the field. A former Walter Payton Man of the year, Watt was instrumental in helping the city of Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. Watt helped rebuild homes and provided many struggling families with meals.
Watt is the latest elite pass rusher to enter the NFC West division, joining teammate Chandler Jones, Aaron Donald of the Rams, and Nick Bosa of the 49ers. Recently, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson publicly stated that he was tired of being hit. This acquisition by the Cardinals makes Wilson’s problem that much worse.
Watt joins his former Texans teammate Deandre Hopkins in Arizona after Hopkins was traded there last year for a second-round pick. After seeing the news, Watt’s former teammate tweeted that “Life is good in Arizona.” And while that may be true, life may have gotten that much harder in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.