J.J. Watt: Longer I looked at it, signs kept pointing to Arizona

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J.J. Watt sat down for his first press conference as a member of the Cardinals on Tuesday and the first question he fielded had to do with what led him to sign in Arizona.

Watt said that the decision to pick the Cardinals was “certainly close” and pointed to various reasons why the team was appealing to him. Watt said they have a “young, extremely talented quarterback” in Kyler Murray who he believes can take another step forward in his third season and noted the presence of players like safety Budda Baker and edge rusher Chandler Jones on defense.

His familiarity and comfort with Vance Joseph’s defense was also cited as a reason and the Arizona weather also played a role. Watt said it was part of the team’s “strong and heavy” recruitment over the last couple of weeks and the entire package led him to making his final call.

“The longer I looked at, signs kept pointing back here,” Watt said.

Watt said he sees his role being to “dominate on the field” and to be a leader off the field by showing younger players “the way” to be a professional. The Cardinals obviously think he’ll be able to do those things and Watt’s transition to a new team will be a big storyline for the 2021 season.

56 responses to “J.J. Watt: Longer I looked at it, signs kept pointing to Arizona

  1. He chose to take a generous retirement package instead of a chance at a ring. Easy to do when your Super Bowl-less career is still HOF worthy.

    Dollar signs and dollar signs alone took him to Arizona. No contender was offering anything close to $31 million.

  2. It was an easy decision. Nobody else was going to give him that kind of money.

  3. I’m sure the $$$ had little to do with it, after all dry Arizona heat is the reason I don’t play the lotto. Life doesn’t get much better than sweat running down your crack at 11pm (while you are cutting the lawn with your mower’s headlights on).

  4. Is there income tax in Arizona? Pretty much all he had to think about…

  5. Exactly what I was thinking. Third year QBs often start getting comfortable, and some big time pass rushers (including Watt). And Budda Baker who is a playmaker extraordinaire. Hassan Reddick too. Definitely a team ready to kick it up a notch.

  6. Britt Reid …justice needs to happen.
    5 Year old girl’s life’s changed forever, keep up the support for her GoFundMe.

    Thats a story that shouldn’t be forgotten or pushed down the headlines.

    Big Money 💰…..shouldn’t always win.

  7. I’m not blaming him, but it was the money. It is almost always the money. Playing the “I wonder why” game is silly. It was the money.

  8. “J.J. Watt: Longer I looked at it, signs kept pointing to Arizona”

    Those were mileage markers on Interstate 10, not signs from G-d.

  9. bondlake says:
    March 2, 2021 at 3:22 pm
    I’m certainly happy that Watt stayed away from Green Bay.
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    When he told GB he wanted to be paid in money they passed.

  10. I think he’ll have a solid season this year trying to prove himself. Then a fall-off of production.

  11. Reggie White was in the prime of his career when he left Philly for Green Bay. He said taht God told him to go to Green Bay.

    But we all know that he was talking about the God of cash…..and Watt is going to Arizona for the same reason.

    It just sounds better to say “The signs kept pointing to Arizona” than “I chose Arizona because they offered the most money”.

  12. I refuse to call this guy a future hall of famer when he refuses to play for a winning organization. He’s so selfish, and now he’s injury-prone at the same time. Watt is not worth these outrageous contracts.

  13. The “signs kept pointing to Arizona” because it is a retirement destination, which is attractive to an old fading guy looking to transition to his post NFL career.

  14. Are there any sincere public statements from anyone any more?

    They offered him the most money. Everyone knows it.

    People should just be honest. PR is such theater these days, full of hot air and self-inflation.

    I wanted to play somewhere else and they are paying me more than anyone else. Simple.

  15. The one ability money can’t buy is available, The Cards are currently paying about 900k a game for a premier player with a recent history of injuries. $23M whether You play or not, the Cardinals better invest in some bubble wrap.

  16. At least two teams offered more money and several in the same ballpark. Lots of salty fans here who didn’t get him on their sure thing Super Bowl teams for $6 million a year and the honor of playing for the once-great Patriots but it wasn’t just the money. D-Hop, Murray and Chandler Jones recruited, playing in warm weather on real grass is always a factor as players age, and he knows D.C. Vance Joseph. He chose between AZ and the Bills, tow teams with young, promising QB’s, even though their offers were lower than the Colts or Browns.

  17. It’s easy to say it was just a money grab, but the Cards just might be a team on the rise. This can be a win/win for Watt. Great contract and a young contending team that takes a big step this coming year. Great assessment and a great move by JJ.

  18. JJ…you were a stand up guy with a good solid character. Stop lying about this. Just stop talking. You picked the team that offered you the most. It is okay. But to keep blabbing on about it sounds horrible. Take a new number or donate 100k for using a retired one. Then fade away into the IR like always. No jacket until the dozen or so in front of you get in.

  19. Lol nobody offered anywhere near their offer. Almost all of the playoff teams have a d line better than he could produce. To say either the Colts or Browns offered this much is asinine.

  20. The cardinals certainly have some talented players on their team. But they’re kind of middle of the pack in that regards and it reflected in an 8-8 record. Plus they’re in maybe the toughest division in football. They just aren’t special.

  21. What are lot of people here are forgetting is that Watt can’t just go to a team and play on a vet minimum contract. He needs to go someplace where there is enough of an investment in him that he won’t get cut, traded, or released in case of injury or a backup playing better.

  22. Why wouldn’t he take the offer? Should he have declined because it was too much? The Cards are an improving team (8-8 last season). They appear to have a young, decent qb and other nice pieces (Hopkins anyone?). AZ is a beautiful state to live in and yes, we do have a state income tax.

  23. Lol nobody offered anywhere near their offer. Almost all of the playoff teams have a d line better than he could produce. To say either the Colts or Browns offered this much is asinine.
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    You know this how? Were you part of his negotiating team? LOL!

  24. Went where the $ is. No Championship though, Murray will not be good enough to get to the big game no matter how good the D is. Was a mistake to pick AZ….Except! for the weather…He’s right on about that. Good luck Pal.

  25. isheimfromcolfax says:
    March 2, 2021 at 3:41 pm
    Why does he keep talking? It’s done. Move on already

    why does he keep talking? he’s jj watt. he always talks or tweets or posts on ig

  26. Yeah, right. You have an OompahLoompah at qb now, too. They will be going nowhere.

  27. The signs pointed to the ER and IR. Also, better quality of life for his family. With all the injuries Watt has had, good luck in the desert.

  28. The Texans are going to miss JJ Watt. He’s a great player and a man of outstanding character. After hurricane Harvey hit Houston, he single handedly raised over $31 million in charity for the beleaguered city. You don’t replace someone like that easily. He gave the team identity and was one of the most respected players on the roster.

    I don’t think money was the reason why he chose Arizona, though it certainly was taken into consideration. The Cardinals made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, because they really wanted to sign him, but that wasn’t the deciding factor. If another team had offered him the same contract, he probably would have turned them down.

    Watt feels like he can play at a high level for at least another three years or so. The weather and natural grass field in Arizona will only add to his longevity. But what he really wanted was to go to a young team on the rise. He wasn’t interested in playing football just to play football, no matter how much money he was paid. Men like Watt don’t think like that. He’d rather retire rather than go through the motions. He wanted to go somewhere he could be a contributor and a role model.

    What he saw in the Cardinals was a talented young quarterback on the verge of a breakout season and a dominating defense. That he’s familiar with the scheme and knows the coordinator was the deciding factor.

    It’s a smart move by Arizona. Not only did they add an outstanding player and improve their defense, they got a great veteran presence in the locker room who can teach the younger players how to be professionals. That’s a win-win for both.

    The Cardinals are going to be a dangerous team next season.

  29. mlhigh77 says:
    March 2, 2021 at 5:15 pm
    Why wouldn’t he take the offer? Should he have declined because it was too much? The Cards are an improving team (8-8 last season). They appear to have a young, decent qb and other nice pieces (Hopkins anyone?). AZ is a beautiful state to live in and yes, we do have a state income tax.
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    An improving team? Imagine the best you can do is 8-8 when 10 of your games were against teams that would finish the season below .500

  30. No way he went to Arizona for the money. Once you have a certain amount, you Don’t need anymore.

    Jerry in Dallas

  31. J.J. Watt: Longer I looked at it, signs kept pointing to Arizona
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    Translation – the longer other teams didn’t offer me what I wanted, signs pointed to the team bidding against themselves.

  32. streetyson says:
    March 2, 2021 at 3:23 pm
    Who else was offering too much money for an ageing linebacker?

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    Defensive end*

  33. An improving team? Imagine the best you can do is 8-8 when 10 of your games were against teams that would finish the season below .500

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    Newsflash. The NFC West is the toughest Division in the NFL. Just don’t hit send anymore. I am embarrassed for you.

     

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  34. He’ll bring the experience of blowing large leads in the playoffs to AZ…oh wait, they already have that.

  35. Several comments refer to JJ coming to the Cardinals for monetary reasons. America advocates a capitalistic, free enterprise system, and JJ is taking advantage of this opportunity.

  36. So what happens when the Cards lose? More angry post-game pressers about how much it sucks and how it’s so frustrating? I think he’s drawn more than enough attention to himself this week.

  37. No one is criticizing J.J. Watt for taking the money. If he had taken the money and kept his mouth shut during the whole process he would not be facing any criticism at all.

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