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Former Texans player J.J. Watt told reporters yesterday (3/2) that there were many reasons he chose to sign with the Arizona Cardinals after hitting free agency for the first time in his 10-year NFL career. However, he did not specify that Blake Shelton was one of the reasons.

But Cardinals general manager Steve Keim says that he used Shelton to help recruit the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. He said in an interview, “When you look at J.J.’s history, the guy’s never been recruited. (He was a) walk-on at Central Michigan. The path that he’s taken, I think, it was probably fairly exciting for him to have a number of teams recruit him. I certainly pulled out all the stops.”

Blake has long touted his Cardinals fandom and celebrated Watt’s signing on Twitter this week. Keim said “he’ll make some recruiting videos for me” because “he’s not a fair-weather fan … he is all in.”

Shelton posted, “Congratulations @JJWatt and welcome home to the @AZCardinals my man!!! I will be fielding all inquiries on behalf of Steve Keim. Our first statement is as follows.. “Other teams can suck it.”

Gallery: Blake Shelton