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J.J. Watt agrees to two-year contract with Arizona Cardinals

J.J. Watt agreed to a 2-year contract with Arizona Cardinals. 

TEMPE, Ariz.: Free-agent pass-rusher J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals; the staff introduced Monday.

Phrases weren’t disclosed. However, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is price $31 million and consists of $23 million assured.

Earlier than the Cardinals introduced the settlement, Watt broke the information by sharing a photograph on Twitter:

Watt later indicated he and his spouse, Kealia, have been touring to Arizona on Cardinals proprietor Michael Bidwill’s aircraft. He tweeted two photos, one in all himself posing with Bidwill and the opposite of himself and his spouse sitting in Bidwill’s airplane.

“I am excited to get began,” Watt stated on the tarmac after the aircraft landed. “Very excited to get began, get to work, get to know the folks of Arizona.”

Watt, 31, was launched through the Houston Texans. He granted his request on Feb. 12, ending his 10-year run with the franchise.

Four days later, Watt’s former Texans teammate and present Cardinals huge receiver DeAndre Hopkins posted on Instagram a photograph of himself and Watt edited to be in a Cardinals uniform with the caption: “Let’s end what we began…”

Hopkins reacted to Monday’s information by tweeting: “Life is nice in Arizona!”

Watt will reunite with Vance Joseph, the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, the Texans’ defensive backs coach throughout Watt’s first three seasons in Houston.

In Arizona, Watt will likely be paired with fellow pass-rusher Chandler Jones, who leads the NFL in sacks since he was drafted within the first spherical in 2012 with 97. Second, throughout that span is Watt with 95.5.

Watt’s addition meant minimal modifications to the Cardinals’ odds for the 2021 season from Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. Their odds to win the Tremendous Bowl stay 40-1 and win the NFC stay 20-1. Arizona’s odds to win the NFC West moved from 7-1 to 6-1, nonetheless the longest odds of the four groups within the division.

 

“The one factor I can promise you is I’ll work my ass off every single day to make you proud,” Watt stated. “Very proud to be part of the ‘Chicken Gang’ and the ‘Purple Sea.'”

In 2020, Watt ranked 15th out of 119 certified pass-rushers in move rush win fee in response to ESPN Stats & Data analysis. He completed the season with five sacks, two pressured fumbles, and an interception he returned for a landing. He has been plagued with accidents lately, having performed 16 video games in a season solely twice since 2015.

After the Texans drafted Watt with the No. 11 choices in 2011, he turned the franchise’s face, successful three NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr awards from 2012 to ’15. Watt is one of all three gamers to win that award three times.

A five-time Professional Bowl choice and five-time first-team All-Professional, Watt was by far the most efficient pass-rusher in Texans’ historical past with 101 professional sacks.

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