TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – JJ Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with Arizona Cardinals.
The team announced an agreement with emergency player free agents on Monday. Watt announced last month Houston Texans, for which he won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.
The 31-year-old Watt has been one of the NFL’s top players for ten years, but asked him in Houston, which is going through a turnaround. Watt joins another former Texas star, a wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, in Arizona. The Hopkins were acquired by the Cardinals through a one-sided trade a year ago.
Watt has started all 128 games in which he has appeared in the past 10 years after entering the league as Houston’s first selection, 11th overall, in the 2011 draft from Wisconsin. In 2017, he was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his work in helping Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. He was the league’s main defensive player in 2012, 2014 and 2015.