The Arizona Cardinals were not one of the most talked about destinations that people thought JJ Watt would consider going to. They weren’t even in the top-5 teams at all.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were heavily talked about, just because Watt’s two brothers are already on the squad.
Appearing on The Adam Schefter Podcast, the defensive end was asked if he ever gave though to joining the Steelers to play with his brothers.
“There was a lot of thought given to every single scenario,” Watt said, via 247Sports. “This situation, especially kind of with where I’m sitting, this year where I had the fortunate opportunity to take my time with it. Because you know we had this kind of gap between right now and when free agency starts, but I was released and was able to sign anytime.
So we could really sit down and look through all the options and speak with all the teams and gather all the information we possibly could. And there were definitely, there were a lot of great options. There were a lot of great opportunities to play. But at the end of the day, I’m very very excited to be here in Arizona.”
In the end, the Cardinals gave Watt a sizeable 2-year deal as well as the opportunity for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year to play with former Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins once again.
Watt started all 16 games for the Houston Texans in 2020 and had 5 sacks.