Release Of J.J. Watt

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On February 12th, 2021, the Houston Texans released the three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt. After 9 seasons with the Texans, J.J. Watt decides to hang it up and become a free agent. One major reason for J.J.’s release from the Texans could have been their embarrassing 4-12 season record. His six-year, $100 million contract expired after the 2021 season anyway, and he most likely didn’t want to waste another year of his career on a losing, rebuilding team. Since the release date, just about every NFL team has contacted J.J. Watt. Watt will go to a team that he knows he’ll benefit from such as the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and the New York Giants. Every one of those teams could use J.J. upfront and could almost promise him a better season.

Throughout his career at Houston, he totaled 101.0 sacks, 531 total tackles, 172 tackles for loss, 281 quarterback hits, 61 passes defended, 25 forced fumbles, and 16 fumble recoveries. J.J. Watt is on his way to being a five-time first-team All-Pro he is one of only three players in league history to win at least three AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards in 2012, 2014, and 2015.

Not only is Watt a future Hall Of Famer, but he is also an amazing person as well. In 2017 he raised over $37 million to help rebuild Houston after Hurricane Harvey which led to rebuilding over 1,000 homes. He has also donated about $400,000 to the Houston food bank which has provided over 1 million meals for those in need.

In conclusion, J.J. Watt is now a free agent and a team will not only pick him up because of how good of a player he is, but also because of how good of a person he is as well.