Texans, J.J. Watt agree to part ways after a decade together

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Star defensive end J.J. Watt has requested his release from the Houston Texans. And the franchise he played for a decade has given in to his request.

Watt called the departure a ‘mutual agreement.’ Now with his release, Watt will get a new start with a new team.

Former Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt walks into NRG Stadium for the final time
J.J. Watt walks into NRG Stadium for the final time (Photo by the J.J. Watt/Instagram)

There are at least 12 teams that are interested in his services. Watt could potentially already know where he’s headed without saying it.

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His two brothers, T.J. and Derek, play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are one of the teams interested in his services.

The 31-year-old — who will be 32-year-old in March — was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Texans. He played a decade with the team.

In his career, he has appeared in 128 games. He started all of those games.

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He has had 531 tackles, including 172 tackles for a loss, and 282 quarterback hits. He has had 101 sacks, two interceptions, including two interceptions returned for a touchdown, 25 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown, and 61 pass deflections.

In the final season of his career with the Texans, Watt played the entire game. He started all 16 games.

He had 52 tackles, including 14 tackles for a loss and 17 quarterback hits. He had 5.0 sacks, one interception, including one interception returned for a touchdown; two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and seven pass deflections.

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