The writing on the wall for JJ Watt to make his exit from the Houston Texans is clearly there, and it might just happen during the offseason.
The Houston Texans traded Deandre Hopkins, are currently 1-6, fired their coach/GM, and looking like a team that it is completely starting over from scratch. Rebuilding isn’t much in the mindset of 31-year-old star pass rusher J.J. Watt.
The three-time Defensive Player of The Year made that clear this week when asked if he believes he’ll finish his career in Houston.
“I don’t think it’s any secret that I don’t have 10 years left in this league,” Watt said. “I personally believe that I do have a few more great ones left in me. But you also can’t … I’m not looking to rebuild. I’m looking to go after a championship, and that’s what I want to do. So, whatever is in the best interest of the Houston Texans, that’s in the best interest of myself.”
“Early in your career, you think life goes on forever,” Watt said. “Obviously, we win our first-ever division, our first-ever playoff game in my first year. In the second year, we go 12-4, and you think that life’s going to be great and you’re just going to keep getting better and better. And then you go 2-14 and the reality of the business side of the NFL and the reality of all the things that come along with it hit you in the face. And you realize that, oh, this isn’t all roses all the time. And then you look at the last seven years or so. And yeah, we won some division championships and that’s great, but that’s not the goal. That’s not the goal.
“And your goal can’t be to make the playoffs. Your goal can’t be to win one or two playoff games. If your goal is not to win the Super Bowl, and your goal is not to do everything in your power to make that happen, and make your organization in the best possible situation for that, then that’s not going to happen. So that is my goal. That’s why the work goes in. That’s why I fought back from all these injuries. Because that’s the goal, and that’s what I’m still working towards.”
You don’t need a rocket scientist to read between the lines to see that Watt thinks his time in Houston has come to an end.
The veteran defensive lineman has one season left on his contract extension, worth $17.5 million, but none of that is guaranteed.