J.J. Watt has picked his team.
Unfortunately, it’s in the NFC West and it’s not the Seattle Seahawks.
The legendary Houston Texans pass rusher revealed on Monday that he has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, reuniting with fellow former Texans star DeAndre Hopkins. That sorry franchise’s incompetence and dysfunction is Arizona’s gain for a second time.
As for the actual details of his contract, the 31-year-old Watt has agreed to a two-year deal worth $31 million ($23 million guaranteed).
Watt parted ways with the Texans last month after ten years with the organization. In 2020 he played in every game but had just five sacks, although his pass rush win rate was still more than solid. Injuries robbed Watt of some prime seasons but perhaps a fresh start elsewhere can rejuvenate his career.
If you’re keeping score, Arizona will have Watt lined up opposite Chandler Jones (coming off a torn bicep) next season. The Rams have Aaron Donald and usually that alone is enough to terrify anyone, never mind if they re-sign Leonard Floyd or get some other good pass rusher in free agency. The 49ers have Nick Bosa coming back from injury next season and he was a DPOY candidate as a rookie.
This is fine.
The Seahawks should probably get around to having serious offensive line investment soon.