That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Watson sent a message to Watt after the star defender got away from the Texans before he did.
J.J. Watt will be on a new team in 2021
The Texans granted J.J. Watt’s request for release on Friday. The future Hall of Famer will enter free agency later this month and play for a new team in 2021.
Watt is the Texans’ all-time sacks leader, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and was the 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He is one of three players in NFL history to win at least three Defensive Player of the Year Awards and the fourth-fastest player ever to record 100.0 total sacks.
Since entering the NFL in 2011, Watt leads the NFL in tackles for loss, quarterback hits, multi-sack games, and sack yards. He is one of the best defensive players in NFL history and will certainly get his No. 99 jersey retired by the Texans one day.
Watt’s response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 helped him win the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The five-time Pro Bowler raised over $41 million for the city of Houston. Watt will forever be a hero in Clutch City despite never winning a Super Bowl with the Texans.
It will be strange to watch J.J. Watt play for another team in 2021. However, what’s even crazier is that the 31-year-old got out of Houston before Deshaun Watson did.
Deshaun Watson says goodbye to J.J. Watt
Deshaun Watson still wants to be traded by the Texans. However, the star quarterback took to social media to say goodbye to J.J. Watt even though the defensive end got away from the Texans before he did.
Multiple reports have stated that Watson doesn’t plan to change his mind about wanting out of Houston despite the franchise hiring David Culley as head coach. The three-time Pro Bowler has a no-trade clause, so he’s in full control of his trade request.
Despite having Watson leading the offense and Watt anchoring the defense, the Texans won only four games in 2020. The team was a walking disaster from start to finish and finished in third place in the AFC South Division.
A bevy of contenders will pursue J.J. Watt once the free agency period begins. As for Deshaun Watson, it appears his situation is going to take a while to resolve.
The Texans claim they have no intention of trading Deshaun Watson
Texans CEO Cal McNair says the franchise has no intention of trading Deshaun Watson. It looks like this situation remains locked in a stalemate.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there,” McNair told Adam Schefter of ESPN. “I’ll leave it at that. Today we want to focus on J.J Watt. Deshaun is our QB, he is a Texan, and we expect him to remain a Texan, and we’ll leave it at that.”
Watson threw for 4,823 yards in 2020. He tossed 33 touchdowns and was only picked off seven times. The Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals before the 2020 season. That was just the beginning of Houston’s mistakes with Watson.
The Texans hired general manager Nick Caserio without consulting Watson. That didn’t sit well with the former Clemson star, who wants to get traded as soon as possible.
Houston fans already lost DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt. It looks like Deshaun Watson is the next one to go.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.