Former Houston Texans star pass-rusher J.J. Watt had a wild time in free agency, but he has finally selected his next team. On Monday, the five-time Pro Bowler announced he was signing with the Arizona Cardinals.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Cardinals are giving Watt a two-year deal worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.
Watt opted to follow former Texans star wideout DeAndre Hopkins out west instead of joining his brothers in Pittsburgh or signing with another contender.
Watt’s decision is surprising considering other teams like the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns were all reported to have a serious level of interest in Watt. As the Cardinals’ official website mentions, the Cardinals were not seen as a suitor until Monday.
Still, this defense is certainly one that is on the rise, and a defensive front that includes the likes of Watt and Chandler Jones is something opposing quarterbacks do not want to see.