Former coach calls J.J. Watt 'selfish' player
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Former coach calls J.J. Watt 'selfish' player

Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time First-Team All-Pro J.J. Watt opened March by announcing that he's agreed to join the Arizona Cardinals on a two-year deal that could be worth $31 million when all is said and done. 

Previously, the Buffalo Bills were listed among teams thought to be favorites to sign the veteran defensive star who turns 32 years old later this month. According to Josh Reed of Buffalo television station WIVB, some within the Houston Texans, Watt's former employer, believe the Bills dodged a bullet.

There are plenty of known reasons why signing Watt could burn the Cardinals before the 2022 season ends. The future Hall of Famer hasn't made a Pro Bowl since 2018, he has a concerning and lengthy injury history even though he appeared in all 16 games this past season, and there are more than a few hints that his physical setbacks and age are catching up with him. 

A team source speaking out against a player soon after that club parts ways with the athlete is a standard practice in the professional sports world, but it's worth noting that some have suggested Watt signed with the Cardinals more for money than for a supposed desire to win a Super Bowl. Arizona finished the 2020 season with an 8-8 record and likely isn't one defensive upgrade away from competing for a conference crown. 

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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