After weeks of wondering where the former All-Pro Watt was going to take his talents after being released by the Houston Texans, he announced it himself on March 1 by posting an image of himself working out in Cardinals gear. Signing a two-year, $31 million deal, he will be a heavy contributor to the Cardinals. He will be improving many areas for Arizona, but most importantly, his leadership that he brings to the table. He was able to lead the Houston Texans defense for over 10 years and put up some absolutely incredible numbers. Coming off of a five-sack season, along with two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown, Watt is coming into an organization on the rise. Outside linebacker Chandler Jones and defensive end Zach Allen are two pieces to the puzzle, which Watt has now completed. With Allen as the left defensive tackle and Jones as a weak-side linebacker, the Cardinals now have a powerful front three with the addition of Watt.
At 31 years old, he is coming into a position where he can mentor his younger teammates. With the Cardinals coming off a disappointing 8-8 season where they missed the playoffs, Watt is going to bring a spark to the defense and the team as a whole. With the offensive side of the ball having evolved over the past couple of years, we will finally see the team as well-put together as it has been in a long time. Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and quarterback Kyler Murray entering their second year together after having a very solid first season, they look to become even better next season. With free safety Budda Baker on the defensive side of the ball, along with a healthy Chandler Jones and a returning cornerback Patrick Peterson, Watt is all this team needed to boost morale to an all-time high for this next season.
The only question comes when wondering about the performance of Watt over the past couple of seasons, as his production has been on a slight decline. Is that due to him playing for a team that didn’t seem like they wanted to win, or is Watt possibly feeling some of the effects of his many injuries and being in the league at the same position for 10 years? The bright side is that he is still the extremely gifted player who will always give his all while trying to teach and mentor the entire defense.
One thing is for sure: He is now the backbone of the Arizona Cardinals defense.