J.J. Watt asks for, receives release from Houston Texans, becoming free agent

HOUSTON — Wisconsin native J.J. Watt asked for and received a release from the Houston Texans Friday, making the former Badgers standout a free agent.

Watt made the announcement himself on his Twitter account.

“I came here 10 years ago as a kid from Wisconsin who’d never been to Texas before, and now I can’t imagine my life without Texas in it,” Watt said.

Watt played in all 16 games for the Texans in 2020 as the team struggled to a 4-12 record and faces uncertainty moving forward. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has also asked for a trade.

Watt will be 32 years old next season and will now look for a new team to finish out his career.

“I’m excited and looking forward to a new opportunity, and I’ve been working extremely hard, but at the same time it’s always tough to move on,” Watt said.