J.J. Watt’s time in Houston has come to an end. Watt and the Houston Texans have mutually parted ways. The future Hall of Famer has been beloved by Houston fans for years and it will be sad to see him leave but it’s ultimately what is best for his career. There are a lot of teams interested in the 3x Defensive Player of the Year as he embarks on the journey ahead. In this article, we’ll be breaking down the 3 most likely destinations for J.J. Watt.
The current front-runner in the Watt sweepstakes right now. The Steelers currently boast 2 of the other Watt brothers in Derek and T.J. on their already impressive roster. In Pittsburgh, J.J. would join both brothers and would be the 2nd best Watt on the team behind Pro Bowler T.J. Watt. J.J. Watt would not need to be the lone defensive star on a team if joining Pittsburgh. The Steelers had one of the top defenses in the NFL for another year in a row and were highly efficient on defense leading to their league leading start. Watt would come in nicely for a team looking to rebound after a disappointing finish to what was a great start.
Green Bay Packers:
The Packers are not a team known for making big splashes in free agency with acquiring new talent. The Packers are big believers in building legacies from within even if it means players sitting a year or two or more on the bench, exhibit A being Aaron Rodgers and currently with Jordan Love. If the Packers stick with Rodgers and are able to hold on to Davante Adams and Aaron Jones throughout the offseason, they would make an intriguing place for Watt to sign with. The Packers offense would be one of the highest scoring in the league while their defense would need some work. This is where Watt comes into play and can help be the piece that young coach Matt LaFleur was missing to help put the Packers over the edge into the Super Bowl after falling short in yet another NFC championship game. Watt would be a good fit with the Packers on a shorter term contract.
This pairing would put Watt head to head against his former team twice a season which would leave Houston fans even more disgruntled. The Titans signed another former Texan in Jadeoveon Clowney to their defensive unit for the 2020 season who turned out to be a major disappointment for the playoff squad. The Titans need help with their edge rushing and Watt would provide much needed relief to this team. Watt has experience working with head coach Mike Vrabel who was the linebackers coach when Watt won 2 of his defensive player of the year awards. Watt is not the same player he was when he was with Vrabel years ago, but Watt would still be more efficient than the current options the Titans have. Watt would fit best into the Titans defensive scheme of these 3 teams who are potential suitors for the 3x Defensive Player of the Year.