The Houston Texans have released JJ Watt, moving on from the face of the franchise and one of the best defensive players in the NFL for more than a decade.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported word of the news. The 31-year-old hinted at a desire to play elsewhere in November and became increasingly frustrated with the organization in recent months. Many around the league expected the two sides to part ways, with a trade viewed as a guarantee. Instead, Houston is releasing its biggest star and the most beloved sports figure in the city.
After word of the news broke, Watt released a video announcing that he requested his release. In the two-minute message, he admitted that he asked the McNair family for his release and that wish was granted. Watt also thanked the fans, his teammates and the entire state of Texas for the support he received during his career.