J.J. Watt Signs 2-year, $31M Contract with Arizona Cardinals

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has been in recovery since a season-ending torn pectoral in October. (Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports, File)

Free-agent pass-rusher J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Monday.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is worth $31 million and includes $23 million guaranteed.

Before the Cardinals announced the agreement, Watt broke the news by sharing a photo on Twitter:

Watt later indicated he and his wife, Kealia, were traveling to Arizona on Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill’s plane. He tweeted two photos, one of himself posing with Bidwill and the other of himself and his wife sitting in Bidwill’s plane.

“I’m excited to get started,” Watt said on the tarmac after the plane landed. “Very excited to get started, get to work, get to know the people of Arizona.”

Watt, 31, was released by the Houston Texans, who granted his request on Feb. 12, ending his 10-year run with the franchise.

Four days later, Watt’s former Texans teammate and current Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins posted on Instagram a photo of himself and Watt edited to be in a Cardinals uniform with the caption: “Let’s finish what we started…”

Hopkins reacted to Monday’s news by tweeting: “Life is good in Arizona!”

Watt will reunite with Vance Joseph, the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, who was the Texans’ defensive backs coach during Watt’s first three seasons in Houston.

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