After a meeting where J.J. Watt asked for his release, the Texans have granted him his wish. Watt posted on social media explaining his decision.
Houston, I wanted you to hear this directly from me… pic.twitter.com/YqT3P6Lb6l
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 12, 2021
Watt, 31, is a five-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro who spent his first 10 seasons in the league with the Texans. His play earned him the honors of 2012, 2014 and 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. He has 101 sacks and 172 tackles for loss in his time with the Texans.
The Texans have undergone a culture change over the last several months. Head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien was fired during the season a few weeks following the trade of star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona. Since that point, Houston has made changes to the front office and franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson has demanded a trade.
With Watt looking to compete for a Super Bowl and the Texans starting a rebuild, both sides agreed to part ways.
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