Former Texans DE J.J. Watt announced he will sign with the Cardinals as his next team.
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— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 1, 2021
Ian Rapoport reports it’s a two-year deal worth $31 million, $23 million of which is guaranteed.
The Cardinals weren’t getting a lot of play as a potential landing spot for Watt compared to other teams. But the presence of former teammate WR DeAndre Hopkins might have played a role in recruiting Watt to Arizona.
But Watt lands out west with a Cardinals team that has major designs on competing in a loaded NFC West and had a huge need for an impact player on the defensive line.
Watt was slated to make a base salary of $17.5 million in 2020 before being released by the Texans, so it looks like he’s got a good chance of still earning most of that figure.
It’s worth mentioning that signing him to a contract won’t impact a team’s 2022 compensatory picks, given that he was released this offseason
Watt, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2011. He was in the final year of his eight-year, $108.88 million contract that includes $51.8 million guaranteed when he was released by the Texans.
Watt was owed a non-guaranteed base salary of $17.5 million in 2021.
In 2020, Watt appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and recorded 52 tackles, five sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, a recovery, a defensive touchdown, and seven passes defended.
We had him included in our Top 100 – 2021 Free Agents list.