NFL: J.J. Watt Fires Back at ‘Peloton Troll,’ Signs with Cardinals

by Quentin Blount
Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Veteran defensive end JJ Watt took to social media on Monday morning to fire back at a troll on Peloton who had many of us confused.

A profile recently appeared on Peloton that impersonating the star defensive end. It went viral on Monday after many people thought that Watt had narrowed down his free agency choices.

The profile was appearing to show Watt give his fans some insight into where he would be playing next season and possibly beyond. And on Monday, fans caught wind of the star player’s new Peloton profile, which had three teams listed.

“SB56…GB…CLE…BUF,” the profile read.

To most NFL fans, it definitely was starting to sound like JJ Watt was choosing between the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and the Buffalo Bills.

Meanwhile, Watt did his best to calm down his fans and followers. He sent a tweet shortly after saying, “I don’t own a bike. Stop.”

And less than an hour later, Watt would announce the team he was signing with. And it wasn’t any of the three teams listed on Peloton.

JJ Watt Signs With Arizona Cardinals

After all of the confusion this morning thanks to the troll on Peloton, JJ Watt officially announced on Monday that he will be signing with the Arizona Cardinals.

It was just one year ago that the Cardinals made a splash move by trading for another star Houston Texan player in DeAndre Hopkins. This time, however, they are stunning the league by bringing in the soon-to-be 32-year-old.

The All-Pro defensive end was released from Houston last month. And before officially signing with Arizona, he had been rumored to go to several teams, including the Steelers to join up with his brothers, T.J and Derek.

JJ Watt made the announcement on Twitter himself, posting a photo of him working out in an Arizona Cardinals shirt. He captions the photo by saying, “source: me.”

The Cardinals put out their own official statement a few minutes later welcoming Watt to the Valley. They say that Watt will be signing a two-year contract worth potentially $31 million, with $23 million guaranteed.

By joining with the Cardinals, Watt will enter a defensive line room that could use another veteran presence. The team will also have Chandler Jones returning from injury, which will no doubt make for a scary combination coming off the edge.

JJ Watt stayed healthy for the most part in his 10th season with the Texans. He was able to play in all 16 games for only the second time in five seasons. In doing so, the three-time defensive player of the year compiled 52 total tackles, five sacks, and even returned an interception for a touchdown.