The Arizona Cardinals made a big splash in free agency even before free agency officially began when they inked defensive end J.J. Watt to a two-year deal for $28 million and up to $31 million if he has at least 10 sacks in both 2021 and 2022. However, the deal has left many wondering why he chose to sign with the Cardinals when other teams seemed to make more sense.
After all, he could have played with his brothers on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He could have been close to a Super Bowl with the Buffalo Bills or Cleveland Browns. He could have gone back home to play for the Green Bay Packers.
Obviously, the money the Cardinals offered was a big factor.
At his introductory press conference, Watt detailed some of the reasons why the Cardinals made sense and why “the signs kept pointing back down here.”