Cardinals Sign J.J. Watt 2 Years $31M With $23M Guaranteed! Watt Reunites Hopkins & Vance Joseph. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Watt received the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons. In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career. Watt skipped his senior season, entering the 2011 NFL Draft. At the 2011 NFL Combine, he was a top performer in all combine categories except the 40-yard dash. On April 28, 2011, he was the first defensive end selected in the first round when the Houston Texans picked him the 11th overall pick. The Texans signed Watt to a four-year, $11.24 million contract on July 31, 2011. What are your thoughts on this signing? Do you feel like the Arizona Cardinals overpaid, or even if they did over pay, that J.J. will be worth it? Do you think that he can stay healthy enough to remain on the field? Watt reunites with former team mate DeAndre Hopkins and former defensive coach Vance Joseph. Vance Joseph was with J.J. Watt from 2011-2013 in Houston which included his best years as a player in the NFL. Watt probably made his decisions based on the fact that he would be with Hopkins and Joseph again. J.J. has stated that he wants to go to a contender, but do you really see Arizona contending for a Super Bowl? Especially in the two years that he signed for. Do you think they have a shot at making a Super Bowl within those two seasons? I do not see this as the best spot for J.J. but with an overall young defense and another threat along side him with Chandler Jones, the Cardinals are taking a step in the right direction for sure.