DE - ARI
Week 7 Outlook
The Cardinals activated DL J.J. Watt (hamstring) from the PUP list.
Watt tweaked his hamstring towards the end of July and the Cardinals likely wanted to play it safe with their newly signed defensive lineman. He'll provide a boost to Arizona's defense this season.
J.J. Watt tweaked his hamstring during his run test on Tuesday, didn’t practice Wednesday and won’t practice Thursday either.
Watt is a veteran who has seen it all, and while hamstrings do tend to linger, he has been through worse and bounced back from worse. It’s only July, so he should be fine come September. Allowing the younger guys to get reps is never a bad thing.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Cardinals are signing DL J.J. Watt to a two-year, $31 million contract.
The deal includes $23 million guaranteed. Watt confirmed the deal himself by posting a picture on his Twitter of him in a Cardinals shirt. Watt will form a fearsome defensive line in Arizona, lining up opposite of Chandler Jones. He'll also be reunited with his former Houston teammate, DeAndre Hopkins.
As the J.J. Watt sweepstakes continue, a new nugget of information has been dropped. Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that Watt has several offers on the table, including one that would pay him between $15 million and $16 million per year.
It remains to be seen which teams have legitimate offers on the table, but the fact that Watt is being offered a deal worth more than his market value shows that there has been no shortage of interest. The 31-year-old was cut loose by Houston earlier this month after he requested his release. Contenders with cap space, such as the Dolphins and Browns, could be among the top suitors for the former first-round pick and five-time Pro Bowler.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Texans are releasing franchise player J.J. Watt.
Watt then confirmed the news by posting a video to social media. Rapoport added that Houston could've received a "solid draft pick" in return for Watt, but instead chose to handle the situation with class, giving Watt full control over where he winds up next. The Texans' first-round pick from 2011, Watt became one of the best players in franchise history, as well as a wildly important figure in the Houston community. Set to turn 32 in March, Watt's best days are behind him, but he's still an impact defender that can help overhaul a team's culture.