J.J. Watt requested for his launch from Houston Texans after the 2020 season, and as an alternative of buying and selling him for property, the Texans determined to honor Watt’s needs. On Friday, Watt posted a video to formally announce that he and the Texans had been parting methods. When requested about his determination to launch Watt, Texans proprietor Cal McNair mentioned he needed to honor the desires of arguably the very best participant in franchise historical past. As a substitute of ready on the buying and selling block, Watt can instantly start fielding calls from groups taken with buying his providers.
“We evaluated our choices and had been assured this was the correct one for J.J. and the Texans,” McNair advised NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport. “We began speaking about this proper after the season and we needed to ensure we did proper by him. This isn’t a goodbye, it is so lengthy for now.”
McNair alluded to the opportunity of Watt finally coming again to Houston.
“This provides J.J. time to choose his spot earlier than free company,” McNair mentioned. “We’re on the lookout for J.J. to choose an amazing spot, play a few years, after which welcome him again and have a good time him for his outstanding profession.”
Some followers will laud McNair’s determination to permit Watt to decide on the place he’ll proceed the following chapter of his profession. Others, nevertheless, shall be crucial of the Texans releasing Watt as an alternative of buying and selling him for property that would assist the staff. Regardless, parting with Watt implies that Houston is shedding his $17.5 million cap hit for the 2021 season. Houston was in all probability going to lose Watt after the 2021 season anyway, as he was slated to turn into an unrestricted free agent subsequent offseason. Throughout his decade in Houston, Watt was named Defensive Participant of the 12 months 3 times. He additionally helped the Texans win six AFC South division titles.
Whereas Watt begins to judge his choices, McNair and the Texans nonetheless have to determine what to do with quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson has requested for a commerce, however not like Watt, the Texans are reportedly not taken with buying and selling him at this cut-off date. If the Texans do resolve to commerce Watson, they may undoubtedly achieve this someday between the beginning of free company and the 2021 draft. Given what the Lions acquired from the Rams within the commerce of quarterback Matthew Stafford, it is protected to imagine that the Texans would obtain at the least two first-round picks and and Day 2 draft decide for Watson, who final season led the NFL in landing passes.
The Texans are probably biding their time to see if Watson will resolve to come back again into the fold someday over the following a number of weeks. If he does, Houston can start the work of constructing a roster that higher enhances his skillset. If Watson would not, the Texans shall be all however pressured to commerce him whereas ushering in a brand new period within the course of.