NFL
February 12, 2021

Houston Texans Release J.J. Watt

The Houston Texans have made another questionable personnel decision. 

The Texans and J.J. Watt announced Friday that the two sides have mutually agreed to part ways and the All-Pro pass rusher will immediately become a free agent. 

While moving on from the 32-year-old star defensive lineman makes sense for a rebuilding team, it's a confounding move because, instead of trading Watt, the Texans outright released him which means the franchise will get no compensation for him. 

The Texans — desperate for draft capital — might've been able to get a second- or third-round selection for Watt. 

Watt's release comes after there's been plenty of drama in Houston surrounding franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has demanded a trade. 

Watson weighed in on Watt's release on Twitter. 

Where could Watt land? He'll have plenty of suitors. One destination that might be unlikely, but would be a great story is the Pittsburgh Steelers. Watt's brother, T.J., plays for Pittsburgh. 

Other teams that will surely have interest include the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans

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