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Why J.J. Watt Signed With The Arizona Cardinals For $31 Million

J.J. Watt just signed a two-year, $31 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Here are the reasons he chose that franchise.



With the Houston Texans for an entire decade, J.J. Watt had an outstanding career. He’s won two Defensive Player of the Year awards, made five Pro Bowl teams, and has twice led the league in sacks.

If you ask Las Vegas, the Cardinals don’t appear to be Super Bowl candidates (with 40-1 odds). One of the main reasons Watt left the Texans after the season was postseason angst. The last time the Cardinals had a winning record was in 2015, which was also the last time they made the playoffs.

Perhaps Watt believes Arizona has a promising future. He will team up with Chandler Jones, who has led the NFL in sacks since 2012. With 192.5 sacks combined, Watt and the other player are in second place during that time.

Additionally, he will reunite with defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, both of whom were formerly Texans. That will provide some comfort as Watt adjusts to his new environment. Kyler Murray, one of the most intriguing young quarterbacks in the NFL, is another asset for him.

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