Two years, $28 million for J.J. Watt

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After two days, the real numbers have emerged on the J.J. Watt deal with the Cardinals. As suspected, it’s not a two-year, $31 million deal.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media (who also with Adam Schefter of ESPN told the world it was a two-year, $31 million deal), it’s actually a two-year, $28 million deal. Some may say that it’s not a huge difference. Others may say $3 million is still $3 million.

Per Rapoport, Watt gets $12 million to sign. The deal has a base value of $14.5 million in 2021, with a base value of $28 million over two years.

To get to $31 million, Watt needs to have 10 or more sacks in 2021 and 2022. Watt hasn’t had double-digit sacks in consecutive seasons since 2014 and 2015.

It’s believed that other teams were in the range of $12 million per year for Watt. The Cardinals are paying him $14 million. Presumably, no one offered Watt between $15 million and $16 million, despite an ESPN report from last week that used those numbers.

Rapoport provides no specifics regarding the amount fully guaranteed at signing. Our guess is that the first year is fully guaranteed ($14.5 million) and that the remaining $8.5 million in “guaranteed” money is guaranteed for injury only for now, with a likely conversion to a full guarantee at some point in March 2021. That would allow the Cardinals to move on, making it a one-year, $14.5 million deal, if Watt can pass a physical before the full guarantee vests next year.

Which is $3 million less than Watt was due to make in Houston this year. Again, some may say that it’s not a huge difference. Others may say $3 million is still $3 million.

34 responses to “Two years, $28 million for J.J. Watt

  1. Hes never been through the desert with a horse with no name….this Texan wanted out of the rain…

  2. Have we seen a cash grab like this in years? No interest in winning just a cush job with great weather where nobody cares if you w or l.

  3. Sounds like your trying to split hairs just to bash the 4 letter network and their reporters. Even as you lay it out it’s still a 2 year 31 million dollar deal although yes you could say that only 28 is likely to be earned that doesnt change that it’s a 2 year 31 million dollar deal. If 1 of the other reporters had claimed it was a “minimum to be earned” of 31 then it would be wrong.

  4. tripoli18 says:

    March 3, 2021 at 10:55 am

    Have we seen a cash grab like this in years? No interest in winning just a cush job with great weather where nobody cares if you w or l.
    ——-
    Was a top team his top priority? No but to say a team with a young and improving qb that went 8-8 last year is a “cush job with no interest in winning” is 1 of the dumber things I’ve seen today.

  5. Needs the money to feed his family for sure. We’ve seen this before, the great Emmitt Smith went there to finsh his career!

  6. He said he “wanted to go where he can be with a SB Contender Team”.
    His original decision was ‘Go for the Win’ over the ‘Money’.

    Yet Watt chose Money – ‘The End’

    Moral of the story: Watts not to like

  7. Cardinals could make the playoffs. Or the could go 5-12. There is now a half season of tape saying Murray needs to grow in more ways than one. Rams win that division even if stafford falls flat.

  8. It was a nice little fantasy, seeing J.J. storming out of the home field tunnel at Lambeau, but there was no way GB was going to come close to the numbers that were being thrown around.
    It’s just bad business considering his age and injury history.

    With everybody chiming in on Watts’ final call, I never fault any FA for their decisions.
    Some players covet cash, some care about the lifestyle, while others yearn for legacy and rings.
    Whatever suits them and their families.
    Personally, I wish J.J. good health and happiness.

  9. It doesn’t matter what he signed for he’ll be on IR by week 8… Bank on that

  10. tripoli18 says:
    March 3, 2021 at 10:55 am
    Have we seen a cash grab like this in years? No interest in winning just a cush job with great weather where nobody cares if you w or l.
    ——-_______-
    Years? More like days buddy. You must not keep up with player signings too often.

  11. I don’t think it’s fair that players salaries get revealed to the public because a large population get offended that they’re making so much money and look at them negatively for it.

  12. 3 mil is pocket change to these guys. For me, it’s retirement. Cards way overpaid Watt.

  13. Shame on Watt. He should have quit the game and gone to work as a Walmart greeter. How dare he sign with a young and promising team and make some real money.

  14. To me the more interesting point is that apparently no other teams were within $2M/yr of the Card’s offer, making it pretty clear Watt went for the dough versus the “opportunity to win” in AZ.

  15. For JJ Watt: 2 years / $28 Million

    For Arizona Cardinals: 2 years / 12 games

  16. Tough division. By the time Murray becomes a QB to be reckoned with Watt will be 40 years old. Should’ve gone with Buffalo where the division is on lock the next 5 years and the SB window is open now.

  17. JJ made his decision on where to get his next incision…..injuries….the west coast does have a lot of relaxing venues.

    OR !

    He makes a fool out of every doubter and gets a 30 sack season?

    I dunno, its Arizona…no idea where his CARDINAL DIRECTION will go.

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