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Houston Texans Reportedly Make Decision On JJ Watt

Denver Broncos star Von Miller and Houston Texans star JJ Watt after a game.

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 4: Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos has a word with defensive end J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans after a 19-17 Texans' win at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on November 4, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The writing has been on the wall for the past few weeks, but now it's official. JJ Watt is no longer a member of the Houston Texans.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the news that Watt has been released by the Texans. As you'd expect, the sports world is stunned by this news.

Watt revealed in a video that he sat down with the McNair family and asked for his release. He shared that news just moments ago on Twitter.

This past season, JJ Watt had 52 total tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Despite some concerns about his injury history, the former Defensive Player of the Year suited up for all 16 games in 2020. With the way things are going in Houston right now, it makes zero sense for Watt to sit around and go through another rebuilding process. It'll be weird seeing him in a different uniform, but he deserves the chance to start over and play for a winning franchise. Over the course of his tenure with the Texans, Watt had 531 tackles and 101 sacks. He's well on his way to being a Hall of Famer, that's for sure. As for what's next in his career, Watt should have plenty of suitors on the open market. While there are plenty of fans eager to see him reunite with his brothers in Pittsburgh, we'd have to imagine the Steelers won't be the only team knocking on his door. Now that Watt is officially out of Houston, will Deshaun Watson be next?

The #Texans are releasing star JJ Watt, source said.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2021

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