J.J. Watt: I’m gonna work my ass off every single day to make you proud

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J.J. Watt has landed in Arizona.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill picked up Watt and Watt’s wife, Kealia Ohai Watt, in Bidwill’s private plane. The team posted video of the Scottsdale, Arizona, landing of the team’s newest player.

The defensive end spoke briefly after his arrival in his new home.

I’m very excited,” Watt said. “My wife and I are very excited to be here. Mr. Bidwill, Steve [Keim], everybody here, has been unbelievable so far, and I’m just excited to get started. I’m very excited to get started, get to work, get to know the people of Arizona and to go to work to try to win a championship.

“The one thing I can promise you is I’m gonna work my ass off every single day to make you proud. Very proud to be part of the Bird Gang and the Red Sea. So let’s get started.”

Watt broke his own news Monday morning, tweeting a photo of him working out in a Cardinals shirt.

He reportedly is signing a two-year, $31 million contract with $23 million guaranteed.

49 responses to “J.J. Watt: I’m gonna work my ass off every single day to make you proud

  1. He is like Tim Tebow. Handsome white guy that the community loves but is overrated by every objective measure

  2. The Texans can’t afford Dhop and Watt but the cardinals can… no wonder Watson wants out

  3. Wow… that’s a HUGE contract for a player past his prime and sure to miss half the season injured

  4. He could have signed a 70 year contract with every business in Wisconsin for 1 billion in endorsements if he came to the packers for less…this decision seems short sighted

  5. Working his ass off isn’t an issue. It’s starting healthy a full year that is

  6. I love this signing! People may feel that he has had too many injuries but he’s still only 31 and brings a lot of experience and leadership to this defense! Sometimes you have to take a chance on a player and find out if he has anything left in the tank. He’s always had a high motor and work ethic. He’s got Jones to take the heat off of him as well. Hopefully he can stay in the lineup because if he does, he’s always had production.

  7. Hopefully they at least make the playoffs next season

    tough division for sure

  8. I’m sure he intends to do so. think JJ Watt is exceptional and was a monster at one point, but at 31, he’s simply not going to have the same motor and fire that he did at 21 when he was drafted. You can work your backside off, get ripped, but there’s just some mystical elixir that the body just has less of. If anything he might be better served to *reduce* how much he’s working out.

  9. Price paid is pretty steep for a guy with injury history and whose better days are past him, but they should also get some renewed enthusiasm and motivation from the guy who was stuck in Houston with Watson and Easterby so let’s see if he comes flying out like a bat out of Hubei.

  10. Probably in the best shape of his life and ready to give 110% as well. Looking at 8-8 again minus the Hail Murray.

  11. I hope the Cardinals weren’t too in awe and put some injury stipulations in that contract…

  12. Once again…

    People are commenting on the preliminary numbers of a contract without knowing what the ACTUAL contract is.

    Which is generally way less than what people are assuming.

  13. Cardinals won the off season. Every team that does always tanks. Typical media, trying to force us to believe what we all know isn’t true!

  14. I used to like Watt, but he’s playing the overly-pious “I WORK HARD BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT WINNING SOOO MUCH” angle a lot lately, when it’s clear all he cares about at the end of the day is money. We won’t judge you less Watt if you just said you were looking for the biggest payday.

  15. bondlake says:
    March 1, 2021 at 10:10 pm
    There’s only one problem: Father Time is undefeated
    ————————–

    Not true, father time was defeated by Josh Gordon’s addiction, defeated by Barry Sanders early retirement, and defeated by my lack of skills.

  16. It’s a TRAP! says:
    March 1, 2021 at 9:49 pm
    The Texans can’t afford Dhop and Watt but the cardinals can… no wonder Watson wants out

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    Really? That’s because they have a QB playing on a rookie contract. 😆. That’s why teams should not make their QB one of the highest paid QB’s – it cripples your team. Although I do believe the QB should be highest paid on the team, if warranted obviously, but the cap percentage needs to be adjusted appropriately. But it’s not. It happens over and over, but yet teams continue to do it. I’m not saying it cannot be done, but it’s tough and rare to do. I can’t think of a SB winning team with highest paid QB on the squad. I’m sure there are one or two, but I think of one right now.

  17. If the thing he wants most is a championship I don’t see that happening in Arizona in the next 2 years. If he wants a ring why not take a discount and sign with Green Bay, Tampa, or KC?

  18. The problem isn’t having JJ Watt on your team. It’s paying him $23 mil guaranteed in a hard salary cap league. That’s money you can’t spend on other players.

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    I love this signing! People may feel that he has had too many injuries but he’s still only 31 and brings a lot of experience and leadership to this defense! Sometimes you have to take a chance on a player and find out if he has anything left in the tank. He’s always had a high motor and work ethic. He’s got Jones to take the heat off of him as well. Hopefully he can stay in the lineup because if he does, he’s always had production.

  19. Nothing wrong with taking steps to maximize your income. It doesn’t matter who you are. But when you say “I’m not looking to rebuild. I’m looking to go after a championship, and that’s what I want to do” and then sign with the Cardinals it’s clear that it has always been about the Benjamins and not the Lombardis.

  20. It will be funny when we see the Texans are instantly better without the “all-talk” team in Watt and Watson.

  21. Had a lot of respect for the guy until he took the money instead of chasing a ring. He has already made $80M+, and then add the endorsement money he’s made. Now he is going to the team that should have been 7-9 last year except for one very lucky play.
    Good luck staying healthy, and enjoy your paychecks. You can afford to go on a real nice vacation for the month of January next year!

  22. When I checked his Tweet, for a second, I thought that Air Force One was touching down in AZ. Come on…

  23. I hope that doesnt mean hes getting back on the gas. It doesnt bode well for his body and you’d think he would know this by now.

  24. I have no doubt he worked his ass off every day last year too. It’s just that, it was worth 5 sacks for 16 games. And that isn’t nearly enough productivity for $15.5 mil a year. 9-7. No playoffs.

  25. jed699 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 7:56 am
    Hopefully he can stay in the lineup because if he does, he’s always had production.
    /////////////
    Here’s the deal though. You’re wrong. First, “hopefully” isn’t a good thing at $23 mil guaranteed. Second, is 5 sacks in 16 games “always had production”? At his salary, I would say no. That’s the production of a guy at maybe half his salary.

  26. Working hard isn’t the issue, staying healthy is. He’s missed 32 of his last 80 games over 5 seasons….at $2M a game in AZ, that’s a crazy deal

  27. I guess we can expect heroic photos of every little scratch suffered in the off season workouts.

  28. I hope the Texans now get to the super bowl, and the cardinals finish 3-13.

  29. Much respect to JJ as a man and a player. But players fall into 3 categories: Ascending, InTheirPrime and Descending. Smart teams pay them accordingly. My Ravens just relearned this lesson with Earl Thomas. I hope you prove me wrong, but I think the Cards just paid you for what you did for the Texans, not what you’re going to do for them.

  30. joshallensgoldjacket says:
    March 2, 2021 at 6:49 am
    bondlake says:
    March 1, 2021 at 10:10 pm
    There’s only one problem: Father Time is undefeated
    ————————–

    Not true, father time was defeated by Josh Gordon’s addiction, defeated by Barry Sanders early retirement, and defeated by my lack of skills

    ———————————
    Tom Brady currently has Father Time in a headlock and begging for him to let go.

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