It might have been inadvertently, but new Cardinals pass rusher JJ Watt kind of rubbed a sore spot for Buffalo during his introductory press conference in Arizona on Tuesday.
Over the past two-plus weeks, no NFL free agent was pursued more than the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Watt, 31, had numerous teams said to be interested in him, including the Bills. Instead, he went to the Cards, who really weren’t often linked to him.
What perhaps made a different for Watt, made a big difference for the Bills on once day in particular during the 2020 regular season.
Remember how Buffalo lost to Arizona? The final play?
With the Cardinals, Watt re-joins a locker room with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, his former teammate with the Houston Texans. Watt admitted the Cards having Hopkins helped with his decision. The two are friends, and when discussing how talented Hopkins is on the field, Watt made reference to a moment that the Bills are all too familiar with: the “Hail Murray” touchdown pass he caught against Buffalo to sink the Bills.
“It doesn’t hurt to have a guy that can catch a ball anywhere on the field and score touchdowns and catch a Hail Mary over three guys. That doesn’t hurt either to have on our team,” Watt said. “It’ll be nice to have a little Gatorade on the bench and watch them go to work.”
From the top rope by Watt, dang.
In time, that comment will mean little. As a NFC team, the Bills won’t be crossing paths with the Cardinals, most likely, for awhile.
Elaborating further, Watt also mentioned that his decision came down to about four or five teams in the end and said it was “certainly close” between them. Just days prior to Watt signing on Monday, the Bills were said to be “serious contenders” for him. So much for that…
And naturally, just the cherry on top, Watt just had to tout the weather being nice and warm in Arizona, didn’t he?
“I’m also not going to lie to you, it doesn’t hurt when it’s 65 degrees and sunny outside when I woke up this morning. It was pretty nice,” Watt said. “The more I looked at it, the signs just kept pointing down here.”
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