After mutually parting ways with the Houston Texans, the team that drafted him and housed him for the first 10 years of his career, JJ Watt will sign with the Arizona Cardinals for the 2021 season.
Watt's contract was announced by the Cardinals on Monday and reporter Adam Schefter has been told that the deal is for 2 years and it is worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.
Watt will be reuniting with his long time teammate and good friend DeAndre Hopkins, who in his first season away from the Texans last season, made the All-Pro team with 1,400 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. The only two men from the Houston Texans to make an All-Pro team since 2013 are now both on the Arizona Cardinals.
Over the past year and even more so in this current off-season, the Houston Texans organization seems to be crumbling. JJ Watt is just the latest roster move for the Texans to completely drop the ball, in the last 365 days the team has lost their best receiver in franchise history, their best defensive player in franchise history, their best coach in franchise history (who was justifiably fired, mid-season which was not justifiable and likely what caused the roster's current state of unhappiness.) The final straw will likely be when QB Deshaun Watson leaves the team which has been speculated for weeks as the future-All Pro player has voiced his concerns and already demanded a trade.
On the other hand, the Arizona Cardinals add another piece to a defense that has been improving over the last three years with young cornerstones like CB Byron Murphy, S Budda Baker and DT Zach Allen, while still retaining veterans like Edge rusher Chandler Jones who is likely to be a Hall-of-Famer when he retires. The Cardinals offense will likely take another step forward after QB Kyler Murray gets a full off-season with DeAndre Hopkins and other pieces the front office put in front of him. The Cardinals are clearly on their way up the power rankings while the Texans are showing why they're seemingly at the bottom of that list.