J.J. Watt is having a rough time in free agency but has finally chosen his next team. On Monday, the former five-time Pro Bowler Bernard Pollard signed with the Arizona Cardinals. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Cardinals will sign JJ Watt to a two-year contract worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.
Watt decided not to join his brothers in Pittsburgh or follow another team because Watt was unhappy with Pittsburgh’s overall career record. Watt’s decision is surprising, considering that other teams like Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, and Cleveland Browns were highly interested in him. The Cardinals were only considered as pursuers on Monday. A defensive play like this by a defense like the Patriots defense will be viewed with big concern.
Watt’s announcement was in the headlines of all the newspapers before it happened. According to a bio that supposedly belonged to Watt, the cyclist, Watt considered the Bills, Browns, and Packers. After those rumors began circulating, Colin admitted that those were untrue and sorry, “I don’t own a bicycle. Stop!”
NFL fans have to admit that the NFC West has been the most exciting division this offseason, with the Rams acquiring a new quarterback in Matthew Stafford and the Seahawks losing Russell Wilson. Wilson has to battle against T.J. Watt as well as Geno Atkins and Aaron Donald twice each year.
If everything goes accordingly in Stephen Oh’s model, then this may be a massive addition to the Cardinals’ roster. Because the NFC West teams of San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, and Arizona all averaged above eight wins per simulation, they are labeled contenders. With Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals have improved their record to 9-7. Their playoff percentage has increased by 0.7 percentage points to 58.5% after the addition of Watt. In terms of being contenders for a Super Bowl, adding Watt brings the Cardinals’ Super Bowl percentage chance up to 1.9 percent.