J.J. Watt Comments On Possible Final Game In Houston With The Texans

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Not many players in NFL history have done more for a city than J.J. Watt has done for the city of Houston in his time with the Texans.

After Hurricane Harvey back in 2017, Watt raised a massive $37 million dollars to help the city rebuild. Over 1,100 homes were rebuilt thanks to Watt, a feat that is remembered to this day by many who benefited from his generosity.

While Watt is a staple in the city of Houston, there’s been plenty of chatter about his future with the Texans and whether the team is going to bring him back in 2021. The team is going to have a rebuild of its own, now that a new head coach is coming in next season.

The defensive end and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year already has a deal with the Texans for 2021, a salary that will pay him $17.5 million.

He’s in the last year of a six-year, $100 million contract, but many think that he’s going to finish that contract somewhere else.

After Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans on the last play of the game, Watt was asked about his future, and he seemed non-committal about a return to the team in 2021.

“Yeah, I mean, I’ve certainly considered it. Who knows? Like I said this week, there’s too many unknowns to really know,” Watt said about having perhaps played his last game with the Texans.

“But if it is, I really — it’s unfortunate that it wasn’t in front of a full stadium and all the fans, and it’s unfortunate it wasn’t a win. It’s unfortunate it was in this type of a season. But who knows? Like I said, there’s a lot of unknowns.

“But I think this city knows, I hope they know how I feel about them and how thankful I am. I’ve tried to do everything I possibly can and give everything I possibly have.”

The struggling Texans had a rough 2020, going 4-12. They were in a number of games late but then lost in the final seconds, as they did on Sunday.

It’s been a season to forget for Watt, who knows the clock is ticking. Like any competitive player, he wants to win a title before he calls it a career.

“Yeah, I mean, obviously we’ve unfortunately had quite a few of those this year,” Watt said of the team’s last-second losses.

“I mean, you’re in a position where you have a chance to win, offense drives down the field, 18 seconds left on the clock, and you imagine that you’re going — at worst — into overtime, and that happens.”

Watt is 31 years old, and there’s been some speculation that he might want to go play with the Steelers and his younger brother, T.J. Watt, who is the odds-on favorite to win the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

It remains to be seen if a team like the Steelers would want to spend the money on a player like Watt or if they could even afford him.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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