- Texans Release Watt: Landing Spots for JJ
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Dallas Cowboys
- Tampa Bay Bucs
- Buffalo Bills
- Baltimore Ravens
- Green Bay Packers
Longtime Houston Texans captain and all-pro defensive end J.J. Watt mutually agreed with Texans ownership for his release ending a 10-year tenure in Houston. The Texans appear to be close to entering into rebuild mode and following the 2020 season many expected the Texans to move on from Watt. Throughout his career in Houston Watt was a leader on and off the field and one of the most dominant defensive lineman in all of football.
Not only was Watt a three-time defensive player of the year, during the devastating Hurricane Harvey Watt used his platform and voice to help the Houston community and raised over $40 million to help those in need. Watt leaves Houston as a five-time pro bowler, two-time NFL leader in sacks, with a franchise-record 101 sacks and 172 tackles for loss. At this stage of his career, Watt will be looking to sign with a team he feels has what it takes to win the Super Bowl.
Texans Release Watt: Landing Spots for JJ
The Pittsburgh Steelers instantly come to mind when thinking of the next destination for JJ Watt. Watts’ younger brothers TJ and Derek are both on the Steelers. A year ago TJ Watt led the league with 15 sacks and Pittsburgh already has Cam Hayward causing disruption. Pittsburgh is a contender and adding JJ Watt to the defensive line would cause chaos for any offensive line in the league.
The Dallas Cowboys are another team that could be in the JJ Watt sweepstakes. In his statement, released on social media Watt said how much he loves Texas and the Cowboys are the only other team besides the Texans in Texas. Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence took to Twitter letting JJ Watt know that he wants to team up with him in Dallas. The Cowboys need help on the defensive line and Watt not only would bring a skilled pass rusher, but he would also bring experience and discipline to the entire team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are the defending Super Bowl champion with plenty of hype going into this offseason. Last year veteran free agents went to Tampa Bay and it worked out very well. Watt is in the later years of his career and joining Brady and the Bucs is not out of the question. Tampa Bay is going to need to try and re-sign wide receiver Chris Godwin and linebacker Lavonte David this offseason, so for Watt to land in Tampa he might have to take a small discount.
Before losing to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game the Buffalo Bills looked like one of the most dangerous teams in the league led by Josh Allen. Buffalo already has a good defense and the addition of Watt could potentially put them over the top. Putting Watt next to Ed Oliver would give Buffalo an elite pass rush and they wouldn’t even need to blitz very much.
Baltimore already has a very good team, but they have shown in the past that they are willing to add proven veterans to fill key positions. Baltimore added veteran Calais Cambell and I would not be surprised if they kick the tires on JJ Watt. Watt still has plenty to give and he is waiting for a fresh start to show it.
Green Bay Packers
The connection between Green Bay and JJ Watt is simple. Watt is from Wisconsin and went to the University of Wisconsin. Green Bay already has a solid defensive line and adding Watt next to Kenny Clark would be a great move. If Watt wants to go home, the opportunity is finally here.