Arizona Cardinals: J.J. Watt Is Just Who the Red Birds Needed

The wait is finally over. J.J. Watt is choosing to sign a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Watt made the announcement on his Twitter account on Monday.

The contract is reportedly for $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.

The Cards already had a former teammate of Watt’s in receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

It’s no secret the Cardinals have been trending in the right direction the past few years.

With Hopkins and Kyler Murray leading the Cards’ offense, J.J. Watt can help Chandler Jones and Budda Baker make the defense ferocious.

Here’s why J.J. is just the player the Arizona Cardinals were looking for.

Hungry for Trophies

J.J. Watt spent 10 years with the Houston Texans and didn’t appear in a Super Bowl.

Now that Watt has a fresh start and is with a playoff-caliber team, he can focus on winning games without worrying about lousy coaching or front office decisions.

The Cardinals can get some productive seasons out of Watt and will be able to watch him torment opposing offenses.

Let That Defense Shine

In a tough NFC West, it’s important for Arizona to have a good defense.

Watt joins a group that already has Patrick Peterson, Budda Baker, Chandler Jones, and De’Vondre Campbell.

Watt posted five sacks in 2020 and tacked on two forced fumbles.

The Cards got 12.5 sacks from Haason Reddick which was the team leader in that category.

Dennis Gardeck was second with seven sacks.

Watt will add extra energy to that Arizona D and make them more competitive in the NFC West.

Division Takedown

The Cardinals have a chance to win their division.

The Seattle Seahawks don’t have the best offensive talent and the Los Angeles Rams don’t have the best offense even with Matthew Stafford on board.

Meanwhile, it looks like the San Francisco 49ers are bringing back Jimmy Garoppolo. And on top of that, the Niners are trying to recover after a down year that was pretty much created because of injuries.

With J.J. Watt, the Cardinals can hit the quarterback even more and they could potentially make a deep playoff run.

Community Man

J.J. Watt was loved in Houston and it was probably tough for fans to see him go.

Watt raised money to help Houston after Hurricane Harvey ruined the city back in 2017.

He also has the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which helps middle school students get involved in athletics.

The foundation has supported schools in Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Watt would be able to get involved with the community in Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona and establish a relationship with the fans out there.

Final Thoughts

J.J. Watt can end his career in Arizona and potentially win a Super Bowl.

I think the Cardinals can win the NFC West and be a top-4 team in the NFC.

I wouldn’t be surprised if J.J. played some linebacker this season, but overall it should be a normal year for him.

How far will the Arizona Cardinals go in 2021 with J.J. Watt? Leave a comment below.

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