After 10 years in Houston, JJ Watt will leave Texans and continue his career somewhere else. One of the best players in the history of the game, and arguably the best defender in the last decade, is now free to sign with some other franchise.
Watt, the 31-year old defensive end, asked the team and the owners, the McNair family, to release and allow him to find another destination so that he could fulfill his dream of winning the Super Bowl.
Without any delay, the Texans’ owners have granted Watt’s wish, turning out to be more than fair in this case. They didn’t want to capitalize on Watt’s departure by having a trade or keeping him until the start of the free agency but immediately agreeing to part ways with the biggest name in the history of this franchise. After being released before the free agency’s opening, Watt has no restriction regarding the next destination.
The fantastic defensive end was drafted by the Texans in 2011, as the 11th overall pick, and wasn’t welcomed very well in Texas. The fans booed after his announcement, but they quickly fell in love with his dedication and contribution on the field shortly after. Watt became a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and a five-time First-Team All-Pro.
In 2014 he was near winning the NFL MVP, having 20+sacks, catching three TDs, displaying incredible versatility, but unfortunately not leading the team to the playoffs.
Houston appeared in the postseason six times with Watt leading the way, but the best they could do is to reach the Divisional Round.
Nobody knows what will be his next move, but many predict him landing in Pittsburgh and teaming up with his brothers, TJ and Derek, who are already at Heinz Field. The Steelers already have the best defense in the league and having Watt, would only make them even more dreadful.
As for the Texans, their future is highly uncertain. Deshaun Watson, the starting QB and the biggest star, and Watt expressed earlier his wish to be traded. After this latest development, he won’t be keen on staying in Houston for sure, which puts the entire organization in a very difficult spot.
Once the free agency starts, the Texans will have their hands full, and we can expect radical moves made early on.