Texans release of J.J. Watt is official

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It is done.

The Texans’ release of J.J. Watt became official at 4 p.m. ET when his name appeared on the league’s transactions report.

Watt’s departure will be akin to Tom Brady leaving the Patriots, Emmitt Smith leaving the Cowboys, Earl Campbell leaving the Oilers and Andre Johnson leaving the Texans. Seeing Watt in another team’s jersey will take some getting used to.

Watt and the Texans announced his departure from the team earlier in the day.

Watt, who turns 32 next month, finished his 10 seasons in Houston with three Defensive Player of the Year honors, Walter Payton Man of the Year, 101 sacks and three touchdowns. The Texans undoubtedly will honor him in some way, and Watt undoubtedly will make the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.

That will come at a later time, though, after his career ends. Watt still has some sacks to make, and, he hopes, a ring to win.

18 responses to “Texans release of J.J. Watt is official

  1. What Watts may be losing physically on the field, he’s gaining in credibility, experience, passion and leadership.

  2. What’s up with these star players getting released or traded just because they asked for it? Vince Lombardi would tell them to pound sand and then run a few laps for the disruption.

    I can’t believe they let JJ walk away without any type of compensation … surely there was a draft pick or two to be had … The Texan brass are driving the team off the cliff …

  3. Don’t know why everyone is proclaiming the Packers would be such a good landing spot. Why exactly?
    Don’t they need help in other places more than DE?

  4. basketcase says:
    February 12, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    No one looks good in a packer uniform. Most putrid colors in all of sports
    Not true. The Packer colors and uniforms almost always rank in the top 10 as far NFL uniforms are concerned across several media platforms.
    You sound beaten and biased. 😂

  5. He would be outstanding and a huge help in a Buffalo Bills uniform… Could even help Ed Oliver reach his potential possibly, or at least get him in the weight room to firm up.

  6. With his wife playing in Chicago, and his family in Wisconsin, GB will be his first choice. KC is also close. He could play deep into the playoffs with those two teams. TB, Indy, and Chicago could be the dark horses.

  7. jcus says:
    February 12, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    With his wife playing in Chicago, and his family in Wisconsin, GB will be his first choice.


    Buffalo is a 90 minute plane ride from Chicago.

  8. Aren’t the Packers currently at like $217 million cap for 2021 with a $185m cap projected and FAs like Aaron Jones, Jamal Williams, Corey Linsley, Kevin King, Allen Lazard and 21 others, how are they going to sign a guy coming off a 6yr/$100 million contract?

  9. stellarperformance says:
    February 12, 2021 at 7:29 pm
    Honest question for familiar fans: Is this guy any good anymore?
    He’s better than you!

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