J.J. Watt has officially still left the setting up. The finest defensive participant in Texans heritage introduced that he and the Texans mutually agreed to aspect methods Friday early morning.
Watt was repairing to enter the closing season of the six-calendar year, $100 million deal he signed again in 2014 that went into result in 2016 soon after his rookie deal expired. The Texans will help you save $17.5 million in cap place by releasing Watt, who will have on a various uniform following time for the initial time in his NFL vocation.
Just after a disappointing 4-12 season the place Watt was one particular of the few bright places on a horrid defense, J.J. asking for a release is no surprise. At 32, Watt is looking to contend for that coveted Super Bowl ring he hardly ever definitely came near to in Houston. Even even though he didn’t carry the Metropolis of Houston a championship, Watt leaves Houston as arguably the most iconic athlete in Houston historical past.
It’s tough to feel on draft night time virtually ten many years ago, Texans admirers booed him as he walked to the podium when his title was named as the 11th all round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Because then, Watt’s 101 sacks rank 2nd in the league at the rear of only Von Miller. Watt became just the next participant to at any time gain three Defensive Player of the Yr awards (Aaron Donald turned the 3rd player to finish the feat very last 7 days).
As excellent as he was on the discipline, he was just as outstanding, if not much more so, off the industry. He did so a great deal excellent for so numerous folks in his 10 a long time in Houston. He’s maybe finest recognized for commencing and spearheading an effort that raised $37 million for Houstonians next the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
While Watt may well not be actively playing in Houston or putting on a Texans jersey on Sundays any more, he became component of the town. J.J. Watt will permanently be Houston. We glimpse forward to him coming into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame five years after he retires.