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March 2, 2021 03:44 AM
Cardinals' J.J. Watt: Chooses Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt announced via his official Twitter account Monday that he is signing with the Cardinals.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Watt is signing a two-year deal worth $31 million, with $23 million guaranteed. The 31-year-old defensive end had been linked to numerous teams around the league while a free agent, including the Packers, Bills, Titans and Browns, but he'll instead rejoin former Houston teammate DeAndre Hopkins in the desert. Watt will get an immediate chance to compete in the NFC West with the Cardinals, and lining up opposite Chandler Jones (biceps) will no doubt provide him ample opportunities to cause havoc for opposing quarterbacks without having to face double teams.

February 12, 2021 10:56 AM
J.J. Watt: Released by Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt was released by the Texans on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 31-year-old was under contract for $17.5 million in 2021, but with no remaining guarantees, his release doesn't result in any dead money against the cap. Watt, who just completed his 10th season in Houston, recorded 52 tackles (36 solo), five sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception in 16 games during the 2020 campaign. He figures to have plenty of suitors as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Watt announced via his personal Twitter account he requested his release, which was granted by the team.

January 30, 2021 06:36 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Future with Texans unclear
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt is expected to meet with Texans' representatives in the near future to discuss his future with the organization, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Rapoport and Mike Garafolo go on to suggest it seems likely Watt's tenure with the Texans will end this offseason, but there's been no official indication from the franchise as of now. The veteran defensive end has one year left on his contract with no guaranteed money remaining on the deal, meaning the team could cut Watt and allow the franchise icon to pursue other options in the offseason. Deshaun Watson's recent trade request likely complicates matters more for the Texans, so it's unclear when Watt's situation will be resolved.

January 6, 2021 08:40 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Considers future in Houston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt finished 2020 with 52 tackles, five sacks, seven passes defensed, one interception, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one touchdown over 16 games.

Watt played a full season for just the second time in the last five years. At 31 -- 32 come March 22 -- Watt is not the one-man wrecking ball he was earlier in his career, but his production in 2020 graded out ninth among edge rushers, per Pro Football Focus. He's entering the final year of a six-year contract, but pending organizational changes has him considering his future in Houston, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Watt indicated there are too many unknowns, including no guaranteed money for 2021, and wants no part of an organizational rebuild.

December 8, 2020 08:32 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Active in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt recorded six tackles, four for a loss and a sack in Sunday's 26-20 loss to Indianapolis.

Watt snapped a three-game drought without a quarterback takedown and now has five for the season. Through 13 games, he also has 43 tackles, seven passes defensed, an interception, a touchdown, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

November 27, 2020 01:24 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Scores on Thanksginving
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had four tackles, a quarterback hit and an interception return for a touchdown in Thursday's 41-25 win over the Lions.

One week after deflecting four passes, Watt held onto one and went untouched to the end zone for the third touchdown of his career and first since 2014. He's no longer the sack machine that he was early in his career, but Watt still impacts games in his 10th NFL season.

November 24, 2020 11:00 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Deflects four passes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt recorded two tackles, including one for a loss, and four passes defensed in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots.

Watt tormented quarterback Cam Newton while getting his hands on a single-game career-high four passes, including two during a drive on which New England was within shouting distance of the end zone in the fourth quarter. He has seven pass blocks for the season.

November 10, 2020 02:12 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Records 100th career sack
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had two tackles, a sack, an additional quarterback hit and a forced fumble in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.

The sack is a memorable one for Watt; it was the 100th of his career. He's up to four sacks through eight games -- well off the pace of his productive earlier seasons -- but he still brings disruption and forces offenses to give him attention.

October 20, 2020 12:24 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Disruptive in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had four tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble in Sunday's 42-36 loss to Tennessee.

With Tennessee offensive tackle Taylor Lewan hurt, Watt schooled his replacement, Ty Sambrailo, to strip sack Ryan Tannehill. The fumble was recovered by teammate Jacob Martin at the Titans four-yard line and set up Houston's first lead of the day late in the third quarter. The sack was Watt's first since Week 2 and gives him a team-high three.

September 29, 2020 12:36 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Four tackles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had four tackles in Sunday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.

Watt has remained healthy thus far and played a season-high 72 snaps against the Steelers. He has 10 tackles and two sacks through three weeks.

September 22, 2020 01:52 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Records two sacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had two tackles, both sacks, three quarterback hits overall and a pass defensed in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.

Watt had been on the injury report last week with a hip injury, but the Texans may have been cautious with their star defensive lineman. He recorded the first sacks of 2020, but he was also part of a defense that got rolled by a running game (230 yards, 6.2 YPC) for the second straight week.

September 19, 2020 02:12 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: No injury tag for Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt (hip) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Watt was limited in practice all week, but it doesn't look as though he was ever truly dealing with an injury that threatened his status for Week 2. The veteran defensive end has played only one full 16-game slate since 2016, so the Texans may simply intend to limit his practice reps as a precaution going forward.

September 16, 2020 05:52 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Limited participant Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt (hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Watt is accustomed to playing through injuries, and there isn't a major concern about his status since he's still on the field in some capacity. Still, it's worth monitoring his status since he's Houston's best defensive player, playing 91 percent of snaps in Week 1.

September 12, 2020 12:04 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Records three tackles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had three tackles and two quarterback hits in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.

Watt was on the field for 63 of 69 defensive snaps (91 percent) and lined up at end and the interior of the line. With just one full season in the last five, the 31-year-old Watt is an injury risk but also a high-reward lineman who can disrupt offenses.

August 23, 2020 07:48 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Practices Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt returned to practice for the first time since Aug. 14, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watt has been limited to sideline workouts as a precautionary measure and is not injured. "It's always good for us when he's out at practice, no doubt about it," Texans coach and general manager Bill O'Brien said. "He's on a schedule there to get him ready for the season and it's just good that he's out at practice." The three-time Defensive Player of the Year has spent significant time on the injured list three of the past four seasons.

August 18, 2020 11:20 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Workload being managed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt didn't practice for a second consecutive day Monday and is not expected to do much this coming week, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watt, who missed eight games with a torn pectoral muscle in 2019, does not have a new injury. The Texans merely don't want to expose Watt to potential injury during camp, thereby preserving him for the opener on Sept. 10 against the Chiefs.

January 25, 2020 01:24 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Quiet postseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had a combined two tackles, one sack and one pass defensed in Houston's two playoff games.

Watt showed his grit, returning from October pectoral surgery to compete in the postseason, but he did not have the same impact a fully healthy Watt might have had. He was able to play 58 percent of the defensive snaps, which indicates he wasn't 100 percent. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year finished the regular season with 24 tackles, four sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries over eight games. It was the third time in four seasons that Watt was unable to play more than half the season. That suggests some wear and tear on the body of a player who will be 31 years old when the 2020 season opens. He can still be an effective IDP option, but Watt may not be the disruptive force he's been in the past.

January 8, 2020 06:08 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Limited at Wednesday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt (shoulder) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Watt returned from the eight-game absence and played 61 percent of defensive snaps in Saturday's win over the Bills, and he's expected to see a higher snap count versus the Chiefs this weekend. The 30-year-old finished last week practicing fully and didn't receive an injury designation, and there's a good chance he does so again this week.

January 7, 2020 07:32 AM
Texans' J.J. Watt: More playing time expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt is expected to see his snap count increase in Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Chiefs, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston head coach Bill O'Brien thought Watt felt "good coming out of" last week's win over the Bills and will continue to evaluate the defensive end leading up to Sunday. Watt, who played last week for the first time since October surgery on his pectoral muscle, was on the field for 52 of 85 snaps against the Bills. His workload increased in the second half and overtime, so it's logical to think Watt will get more playing time against Kansas City.

January 6, 2020 06:20 PM
Texans' J.J. Watt: Records sack in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt had one tackle, one sack and two quarterback hits in Saturday's 22-19 overtime win over the Bills in an AFC wild-card playoff game.

Watt played his first game since suffering a pectoral injury in October that required surgery. He played 52 of 85 (61 percent) defensive snaps, primarily on passing downs. He provided more than just an inspirational lift for the Texans, who move on to the Divisional Round next Sunday against the Chiefs in Kansas City.

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