J.J. Watt signs 2-year deal with Arizona Cardinals
On Monday, former Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt found his new NFL home. The Arizona Cardinals announced the news that they signed Watt, 31, to a 2-year deal worth $31 million total with $23 million in guarantees.
The deal came weeks after the Texans granted Watt’s request to be released by the team after a 10-year run in Houston. Watt will be reunited with former teammate DeAndre Hopkins and defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who coached the Texans’ defensive backs during Watts’ first three seasons with the Texans.
The Cardinals will pair Watt with Chandler Jones to give the team two experienced and high-quality edge rushers. Since 2012, Jones leads the league in sacks with 97, while Watt is second over that span with 95.5 sacks.
Watt was drafted 11th overall by the Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award with the Texans from 2012-15 and is both a five-time Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro selection. For more sports coverage, click here.