J.J. Watt’s announcement that he would be joining the Arizona Cardinals sparked mixed reactions online.
Watt shared the news by uploading a picture of himself sporting an Arizona Cardinals t-shirt to his Instagram account.
The Arizona Cardinals and Watt came to terms on a two-year deal worth $31 million with $23 million guaranteed.
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Social media was quick to react to the news.
Watt was welcomed by his former Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins who was traded to the Cardinals in 2020.
Hopkins shared a photoshopped image of him and Watt both wearing Cardinals jerseys with the caption “Let’s finish what we started...”
Also pleased by the news was country singer Blake Shelton who is a passionate Cardinals fan.
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
Others online were not so celebratory, but rather stunned by the turn events for the Watt and the Houston Texans.
Here’s a look at what sports fans had to say:
JJ Watt left the Texans to contend.....but joined the Cardinals....one of the greatest DE’s of all time to not receive a ring— Tony the Tiger (@antheezyortega) March 1, 2021
The Houston Texans really lost DeAndre Hopkins and JJ Watt to the Arizona Cardinals and only received a 2nd round pick and a washed RB.— JetsTheory (@JetsTheory) March 1, 2021
Let that sink in. #NFL
Imagine a year ago telling a Houston Texan fan that both JJ Watt and DeAndre Hopkins would be an Arizona Cardinal and all the Texans got back was a 2nd round pick, a 4th round pick and David Johnson....crazy 🤦🏻♂️— Chris (@TheRealCRam) March 1, 2021
It’s amazing how the Cardinals are able to get Hopkins and Watt from Houston and all they had to give up was a running back nearing 30.— The Curious Colt (@Curious_Colt) March 1, 2021
Being a Texans fan would be tough.