On Monday, March 1st, 2021 the veteran defensive end and pass rushing specialist, J. J. Watt, and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed upon terms on a 2 – year contract worth approximately $31 million. This news comes shortly after Watt had asked his former team in the Houston Texans to release him and they did.
This new deal includes a signing bonus of $12 million, and it carries as much as $23 million in total guaranteed money. The agreement contains incentives in the form of bonuses and escalators for Watt’s sacks numbers over the course of the next two years. It also consists of a no trade clause which will keep J. J. with the Arizona Cardinals through the 2022 – 2023 NFL season unless Watt decides to waive the no trade clause. J. J. is now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2023 – 2024 NFL season.
Watt will be reuniting with some very familiar faces in Arizona while playing with the Cardinals. DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best wide receivers in the National Football League, and he was playing with J. J. on the Houston Texans from 2013 to 2019. Hopkins was eventually traded to the Arizona Cardinals on March 20th, 2020 for running back David Johnson as well as a variety of future draft picks.
Watt will also be getting back together with Vance Joseph who was the former defensive backs coach for the Houston Texans for the first few years that Watt played in the National Football League. Joseph is currently the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator, and he will be working extensively with J. J. for at least the upcoming two NFL seasons.
Watt’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards
- 3 Time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015)
- 5 Time First – Team All – Pro (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)
- 5 Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018)
- 2 Time NFL Sacks Leader (2012, 2015)
- NFL’s 100 Sacks Club
- Unanimous NFL 2010’s All – Decade Team
- Sporting News 2010’s All – Decade Team
- Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2017)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2017)
- Bert Bell Award (2014)
- Lott Trophy (2010)
- First – Team All – American (2010)
- First – Team All – Big Ten (2010)
Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI
According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl as of Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021. The odds for the Arizona Cardinals winning Super Bowl LVI immediately increased at sportsbooks all over the country following the news of Watt signing with Arizona Cardinals. J. J. should definitely help their chances of winning assuming that he can remain healthy throughout the upcoming 2021 – 2022 NFL season.
|Kansas City Chiefs +450|
|Green Bay Packers +850|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers +850|
|Buffalo Bills +1100|
|Los Angeles Rams +1200|
|San Francisco 49ers +1400|
|Baltimore Ravens +1600|
|New Orleans Saints +2000|
|Indianapolis Colts +2000|
|Cleveland Browns +2000|
|Seattle Seahawks +2000|
|Miami Dolphins +2500|
|Los Angeles Chargers +2800|
|Dallas Cowboys +2800|
|Tennessee Titans +2800|
|Pittsburgh Steelers +3300|
|Arizona Cardinals +3300|
|New England Patriots +4000|
|Minnesota Vikings +5000|
|Atlanta Falcons +5000|
|Carolina Panthers +5000|
|Denver Broncos +5000|
|Chicago Bears +6600|
|New York Giants +6600|
|Las Vegas Raiders +6600|
|Washington Football Team +6600|
|Philadelphia Eagles +8000|
|New York Jets +8000|
|Jacksonville Jaguars +10000|
|Cincinnati Bengals +10000|
|Houston Texans +15000|
|Detroit Lions +15000|
“J.J. Watt agrees to two-year contract with Arizona Cardinals”, Josh Weinfuss, espn.com, March 1, 2021.
“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, March 3, 2021.
“J. J. Watt” spotrac.com, March 3, 2021.