March 1 (UPI) — Three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
Watt and the Cardinals announced the signing Monday on social media. Sources told NFL Network and ESPN that the pact is worth $ 31 million and includes $ 23 million guaranteed.
The Houston Texans released the veteran defensive end — by his request — in February. Watt had spent 10 seasons with the AFC South franchise.
Watt, 31, had 52 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, seven passes defensed, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception for a touchdown in 16 games last season.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection and five-time All-Pro had 101 sacks in 128 games for the Texans, the highest total in franchise history.
Watt also had been linked to the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills in free agency.
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