J.J. Watt signed with the Arizona Cardinals today, while apparently, the Washington Football Team plans to release Alex Smith, the sources close to the team suggest.
Watt Reunites With DeAndre Hopkins
One of the most impactful defensive players in the NFL history, J.J. Watt, and the Arizona Cardinals struck a two-year deal both sides announced today. The player would earn $31 million, $23 million guaranteed.
This is one of the deals that might change the balance of power in the NFL. The Cardinals already have Chandler Jones, also a fantastic defender, and a sack-machine. The two would no doubt be one hell of a tandem.
Watt’s future has been the central topic of all the NFL debates, with several teams being in the combination for his next destination. The Pittsburgh Steelers stood above all others, but in the end, JJ decided not to join his two brothers but instead reunite with the former teammate, DeAndre Hopkins.
source: me. pic.twitter.com/1Y6okQBUy5
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 1, 2021
The two were the cornerstone of the Texans for a long time, before Hopkins ended up in Arizona following a trade that happened mostly because he and then head coach Bill O’Brien didn’t get along.
Watt won three NFL DPOY awards, was a five-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl, setting records and achievements just a few players before him have. Without a doubt he is the biggest name in the Texans’ history.
During the 2020 season, he had the worst figures in a long time, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one returning touchdown. Watt also had one pick and 14 tackles for a loss. The reasons for such low productivity were mostly coming from the poor atmosphere in the locker room, with the Texans having another losing season.
If he remains healthy, Watt will make the Cards one of the top three defensive units in the league and one of the most prominent title candidates. The offense has enough potential to beat any rival in the league, and it is the same with the defense now.
Alex Smith and WFT Parting Ways
The winner of the Comeback Player of the Year award and the franchise from DC will move on from one another, and it is expected that the Football Team releases the QB.
It could be possible that this is the answer to his negative comments about the team, stated in one interview last week. The former No.1 pick said that he feels unwanted by the team, and that WFT plans to let him go.
The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with QB Alex Smith in the coming days, sources tell me and @KimJonesSports. The AP Comeback Player of the Year has said he still wants to play, and at age 36 may have a chance to do so.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2021
Smith returned to the field last season following a nasty leg injury that caused so many complications, with his comeback being a miracle. He appeared on the court eight times, six as a starter, posting six TDs and eight interceptions. However, the team was 5-1 with him as a starter, reaching the playoffs at the end of the season.
The veteran didn’t appear against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card round because of an injury.
Smith apparently still wants to play, but the Football Team has other ideas regarding the quarterback position. We might expect the three-time Pro Bowl player and the 2017 passing leader without a team anytime soon.
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