The Houston Texans have released longtime defensive lineman J.J. Watt (pictured) after 10 seasons with the club on Friday morning.

The Texans cut Watt with just one year left on his contract, it saves the Texans $17.5 million on the 2021 salary cap.  The former Wisconsin Badger is now a free agent.

Watt is a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, but has battled injuries throughout his career.  He is the team's all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles.  He is the older brother of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt and Steelers running back Derek Watt.

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Along with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, J.J. was named as Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.  He has been very active in the Houston area with a variety of charities and organizations.

He signed a 6-year contract extension worth $100 million with the Texans in 2014.  He turns 32 on March 22nd.

 

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