Earlier this week, J.J. Watt joined up with the Cardinals on a two-year deal. Now, we have most of the major details, courtesy of NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo (Twitter links). Here’s the breakdown of Watt’s shiny new contract:
- Two years, $31MM maximum value
- $28MM in base salary + $3MM in incentives based on sack totals
- 10 sacks in 2021 = $1MM in 2021 + $1MM escalator for 2022
- 10 sacks in 2022 = $1MM incentive
- $12MM signing bonus
- $14.5MM Year 1 base value
- No-trade clause
After the Texans granted Watt’s request to be released, the veteran said that he wanted to join a contender. In Watt’s estimation, young head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray are ready to win straight away. It also helps that the Cardinals appear to have submitted the highest offer for his services.
The Browns and Colts — who both made the playoffs in 2020 — didn’t match the Cardinals on compensation. The Titans, Packers, and Steelers were also connected to the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Watt is now one of just nine players whose contract includes a no-trade clause.
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