JJ Watt breaks news of his own signing with Cardinals, ends wild free-agency speculation

By | March 1, 2021

Well, we can finally confirm where JJ Watt will play next season, as the report comes from a pretty trustworthy source: JJ Watt.

The free agent defensive lineman broke the news of his own signing on Monday, announcing on Twitter that he will be joining the Cardinals. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Watt and the Cardinals reached an agreement on a two-year deal worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.

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The 31-year-old will reunite with old Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who was doing his best to recruit Watt on Instagram. He recently posted a photo of the two embracing on the field with the caption, “Let’s finish what we started.”

With his announcement, Watt ended what had been a wild period of speculation about where he would land. There were several reports about which teams he would consider, and fans continuously dissected his social media posts in the hopes of finding any small clues regarding his intentions. But Watt didn’t leave much room for interpretation with that last tweet — he’s now off to Arizona.

Watt was released by the Texans last month after a 10-season run in Houston. After being selected by the Texans with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Watt quickly emerged as one of the best players in the league, winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards and earning five Pro Bowl nods.

In 16 games last season, Watt totaled 52 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.