J.J. Watt: I’m not looking to rebuild

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The Texans’ season has not gone as planned and the offseason will bring further changes as the team will be hiring a new coach and General Manager after firing Bill O’Brien.

Once the new regime is in place, they will get to work on improving the team but those efforts won’t be helped by high draft picks. The Texans have no first- or second-round picks at their disposal, which could make the process of turning things around a lengthy one.

Defensive end J.J. Watt said on Wednesday that he’s not at a point in his career where that is an appealing prospect.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that I don’t have 10 years left in this league,” Watt said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com. “I personally believe that I do have a few more great ones left in me. But you also can’t . . . I’m not looking to rebuild. I’m looking to go after a championship, and that’s what I want to do. So, whatever is in the best interest of the Houston Texans, that’s in the best interest of myself.”

Watt is signed for next season with a base salary of $17.5 million. That money is not guaranteed, which could facilitate a change in address if the Texans do opt for an extensive overhaul this offseason.

14 responses to “J.J. Watt: I’m not looking to rebuild

  1. Good. I hope they let him go. And he can sign to play for a winning team. This ain’t it.

  2. Obviously he wants to be traded to a winner in the off season. But with his injuries, age and salary, it won’t be easy.

  3. To bad he didn’t say this a week ago. He should have tried to get moved to a team in the hunt for the playoffs & one needing a pass rusher. Hmmmm….any team come to mind?

  4. He is a good player but only QBs are worth that kind of money. that is just how the game is played these days.

  5. Definitely should trade him in the off-season, probably missed an opportunity to do that at the trade deadline and get a lot for him. Will be a tough ask of a new GM to trade away the franchise pass rusher. He deserves to be on a winning team. Good to great player, and obviously what he’s done for the community is almost second to none.

  6. I doubt they can trade him with that contract and his injury history. He’ll probably be released which means he’d be free to sign with whomever he wants. Don’t be surprised if he takes less to play for a contender like Kansas City or Pittsburgh.

  7. They should have traded him last week and gotten a 2nd for him. Teams know the Texans won’t pay him $17.5 next year and they’ll end up cutting him. He’s a great rental for 2-3 years. Reality is he’s too often injured and his prime days of domination are behind him. He’s better than average, but no longer a game wrecker he once was.
    Texans fell off fast upon losing Hopkins.

  8. If he gets cut and is willing to play for less than market value, I fully expect him to sign with his brothers. The Steelers can’t pay Dupree, so they’ll need a situational pass-rusher to split time with Highsmith opposite TJ.

  9. brwmstr says:

    Welcome to Foxboro JJ!!! BB will use you sparingly and get you extra years in the league!!

    Don’t count on it. He said he wants to go to a winner.

  10. “a few more great ones”? You haven’t had a great one for years, it ain’t gonna happen now.

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