Browns, Colts offered J.J. Watt more money than Cardinals?
According to reports, J.J. Watt could have gotten more money from a team other than the Arizona Cardinals. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Browns, Colts offered J.J. Watt more money than Cardinals?

Almost immediately after three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time First-Team All-Pro J.J. Watt announced that he was signing with the Arizona Cardinals on a two-year deal that could be worth up to $31 million, some fans and observers took to Twitter to claim they believed the veteran who turns 32 years old later this month cared more about earning one last massive NFL payday than about chasing a Super Bowl ring. 

According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Phoenix, the Cardinals didn't make Watt the largest offer among suitors after the Houston Texans officially released the defensive star on Feb. 12: 

It's practically guaranteed neither the Cleveland Browns nor the Indianapolis Colts will confirm or deny this report, and some soon attempted to shoot it down: 

Considering the reported size of the contract Watt signed coupled with rumors that alleged character concerns may have been hovering over his status this winter, it's easy to believe some contending teams could have been scared off in negotiations, particularly at a time when the salary cap is likely going down because of financial losses endured during the past season held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It's also possible Watt chose lifestyle and a reunion with former Houston teammate and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins over playing for a team that finished the 2020 campaign with a better record than Arizona. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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