JJ Watt Signs With Arizona Cardinals—Blake Shelton and the NFL React

J.J. Watt has chosen Arizona as his next football destination, and the NFL and fans are reacting in kind.

On Monday, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year took to social media to announce his decision to sign with the Arizona Cardinals. The announcement was brief: It consisted of a photo of Watt lifting weights in a Cardinals shirt with the caption, "source: me."

source: me. pic.twitter.com/1Y6okQBUy5

— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 1, 2021

The new deal is reportedly for two years, worth $31 million and with $23 million guaranteed. So the 10-year veteran is getting paid and is reuniting with his former teammate in Houston, Deandre Hopkins.

Cardinals fans are, understandably, very excited by the signing. Just ask country music mega-star Blake Shelton, who tweeted his congratulations on Monday afternoon.

Congratulations @JJWatt and welcome home to the @AZCardinals my man!!! I will be fielding all inquiries on behalf of Steve Keim. Our first statement is as follows.. “Other teams can suck it”.

— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) March 1, 2021

Hear us out ⁦@KealiaOhai⁩ and ⁦@JJWatt

Cc ⁦@AZCardinalspic.twitter.com/IefeKNSw3T

— Phoenix Rising FC (@PHXRisingFC) March 1, 2021

NFL pundits and fans are salivating at the fact that Watt will play on the opposite side of the defensive line of Chandler Jones. They have the first and second most sacks since 2012, which will make the Cardinals an even tougher defense than they already were.

JJ Watt going to Cardinals with Chandler Jones on the other side is a problem for the nfc west

— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 1, 2021
jj watt arizona cardinals
J.J. Watt announced on Monday that he is signing with the Arizona Cardinals ahead of the next NFL season. Carmen Mandato/Getty

Football fans are also pointing out how Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will have a tough division to play against next season. Between the aforementioned Watt and Jones combination in Arizona, Joey Bosa in San Francisco and Aaron Donald in Los Angeles, Wilson might have a hard time standing upright once the NFL returns in the fall.

If Russell Wilson is tired of getting hit, #Seahawks QB might wanna expand his trade list of teams... #ItCanAlwaysGetWorse pic.twitter.com/oJwz0bNeDJ

— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) March 1, 2021

Even Chandler Jones had to get in on it.

Also feel bad for my guy RW3 lol

— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) March 1, 2021

Watt's decision has also broken the hearts of a few fanbases, including those belonging to the teams that many thought were frontrunners in the J.J. sweepstakes—namely, the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers and the Buffalo Bills.

The official Wisconsin Football Twitter account, the school that Watt played for in college, tweeted that they really wanted the alum to choose a team "closer to home"—meaning the Packers—but they still wish Watt the best of luck.

We may have preferred something a bit closer to home, but what can we say, the man likes Red and White!

Best of luck @JJWatt! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/j2I5E7zyry

— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) March 1, 2021

Watt requested his release from the Houston Texans in early February in what has become a tumultuous 2020-21 for the franchise. Not only did the Texans trade away Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a second round pick to the Cardinals, but the team also had a dismal season, finishing with a record of 4-12.

Head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien was fired after the team's 0-4 start and the direction of the team reportedly has franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson unhappy.

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