JJ Watt is no longer a Houston Texan. First reported by NFL insider Ian Rapaport, this brings Watt’s 10-year stint in Houston to an end.
Watt had a year left on his massive 6-year, $100 million contract during his release. However, the Texans won’t have any penalties to pay due to the contract’s terms.
In his time with the franchise, Watt won the defensive player of the year award a record 3 times. Watt’s outstanding play didn’t equate to postseason success; however, in Watt’s 10 years, the team only won 3 playoff games.
Texans fans feared the worse before the final game this season as Watt hinted at leaving.
“I don’t have any guarantees left in my contact, so something’s got to happen one way or another. I’m not sure. There’s too many unknowns.”JJ Watt
Now that it is official news that Watt is no longer a Texan, the Texans’ CEO Cal McNair put out the following statement indicating his plans for the future and appreciation for Watt.
“Change is never easy, especially when it involves the ones you love. J.J.’s impact on not only our organization but the entire Houston community is unlike any player in our franchise’s history. I told J.J. earlier this week that we will forever consider him a Texan. We take solace in knowing that this is not a goodbye but a ‘see you soon.’ For now, we will build upon the foundation that J.J. created here and forge ahead with our unwavering mission to bring a championship to our city, create memorable experiences for our fans and do great things for Houston.”Cal McNair
Watt leaves on a positive, thanking Houston via video, and it looks as if there is no bad blood.