Report: Packers have shown interest in J.J. Watt

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Ed Werder of ESPN reported Friday that “approximately a dozen teams” already had shown interest in J.J. Watt only a few hours after his release from the Texans became official.

Werder named the Steelers, Browns, Bills and Titans.

Add the Packers to that list.

Bill Huber of SI.com reports that Green Bay has expressed interest in signing Watt, now a free agent.

The Packers make sense, though they, like a lot of teams, would have to work to make it work financially.

The team has restructured the contract of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, creating $8.3 million of cap space, but the Packers still need more moves even to get under whatever the final salary cap number ends up being.

Watt, who turns 32 next month, wants to play for a contender. The Packers are that, having made it to the NFC Championship Game the past two seasons and with MVP Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.

Watt grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, which is 133 miles from Green Bay, and played at the University of Wisconsin. He rooted for the Packers as a kid.

Watt leaves the Texans after 128 starts, 101 sacks, 172 tackles for loss, 282 quarterback hits, 25 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries in 10 seasons. He is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur praised Watt before their meeting in 2020, calling him “one of the premier players in the league.”

53 responses to “Report: Packers have shown interest in J.J. Watt

  1. Yes, please sign him. Then, we can watch the Packers once again overpay for a defender who’s going to end up on injured reserve by week 6.

  2. I would love to see a fine, upstanding Wisconsin boy like J.J. Watt in a gorgeous Packer’s uniform.
    On the surface it’s a win/win, but then reality sets in.

    Green Bay still has considerable work to do on this Covid ravaged salary cap and big holes to fill.
    They definitely have needs along their defensive line, that’s a given, but they need a player capable of doing the heavy lifting.
    Watt’s injury history still has to be viewed as a little bit of a roll of the dice.
    CB, ILB, an additional RB, and the ever elusive WR round out some of the other varying needs on this team.
    LT will also be a position of note until David Bakhtiari comes back from his knee injury.
    Though that situation will probably be resolved with player already on the roster.

    J.J. would be a very nice and disruptive accessory piece on a defense that’s somewhat set.
    He’ll definitely benefit some team with more disposable cash than GB can realistically offer.
    I’d be somewhat surprised if this is the move they’re planning to make.
    But one can dream about what ifs…….

  3. J.J. is a Wisconsin boy, and I’m sure he’d love to come home and help bring another Lombardi trophy with him. Offensive line is probably more critical at this point. Rodgers had absolutely no time to set his feet.

  4. The Packers have terrible cap issues so I don’t see how they can make this work. Besides JJ is looking for a championship and Green Bay doesn’t make sense

  5. jameshodges says:

    February 14, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, please sign him. Then, we can watch the Packers once again overpay for a defender who’s going to end up on injured reserve by week 6.
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    Ummmm “once again overpay for a defender” who was the last person they overpaid for? They dont make many signings so unless your going back to 2002 when they signed Joe Johnson it seems your just trolling.

  6. For some reason the Packers rarely (ever?) add local talent to their roster, and they’ve had an impressive list of players to choose from over the years. Maybe they’ll surprise us this time. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  7. Do the names Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and Ryan Pickett ring any bells? And, I’m not even a fan. It’s amazing how I know more about how much that team has struggled to assemble a championship roster than their own fans.

  8. I’m so sick of hearing about him being from Wisconsin by every packer fan. I know it’s an extremely rare event for an NFL player to actually come from Wisconsin so that is why they brag about it so much. Really getting annoying to say the least. Your one claim to fame congrats. Tell us again where he’s from please I already forgot.

  9. If you want to win a Super Bowl JJ? Don’t pick the Packers. Yeah their fans will say they are going to the Super Bowl. That they should have won this or that game in the playoffs. But the truth is they won’t make it back to the Super Bowl during Rodgers career there.

    The List should be short Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, and or Steelers (because of obvious family reasons. I don’t think this is a Super Bowl team)

  10. Watt wants to go to a contender. That’s a problem for Green Bay.

    Even before the salary cap imploded, it was almost always a given that 2020 was going to be Jones’ and Linsley’s last season with the team–and then Bakhtiari tore his ACL at the very end of the season.

    Packer fans should remember from the Jordy Nelson injury that rehab for a torn ACL is a full year at the very least. Bakh won’t be back in 2021, and he might not be back in form until the middle of the 2022 season.

    The O-line is in shambles–LT lost to injury, C lost to free agency, RT already a patchwork hack job–Green Bay’s not going to be able to bring back any more of their free agents, and they’re going to have to further gut the roster just to get under the new cap. If Watt wants to have a shot at a Super Bowl next year, he won’t be signing with the Packers.

  11. Won’t make a difference. Their Achilles heel of the team is Rodgers. 3 and out on the 8 yd line. Did he change the plays on the line of scrimmage from run to pass to try and beef up his stats as he’s done before?

  12. February 14, 2021 at 4:26 pm
    If you want to win a Super Bowl JJ? Don’t pick the Packers. Yeah their fans will say they are going to the Super Bowl. That they should have won this or that game in the playoffs. But the truth is they won’t make it back to the Super Bowl during Rodgers career there.

    The List should be short Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, and or Steelers (because of obvious family reasons. I don’t think this is a Super Bowl team)

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    They scored 26 points on a D Mahomes could only score 9 on and lost by 5 despite a hail mary disaster at halftime and without their all pro left tackle. Add JJ plus a 1st round WR and you have yourself a championship roster. Who can block a front that includes JJ Watt, Zadarious Smith, Keny Clark, Rashan Gary, and Preston Smith? Definitely not the Bucs o-line.

  13. jameshodges says:
    February 14, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Do the names Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and Ryan Pickett ring any bells? And, I’m not even a fan. It’s amazing how I know more about how much that team has struggled to assemble a championship roster than their own fans.
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    I’ve read your post several times and I’m still at a loss trying to understand it.

    Yes, all 4 of the players you’ve mentioned do in fact ring bells.
    They were all an integral part of the 2010 Championship defense of 2010.
    Ranked 4th overall in the NFL, 2nd in scoring defense. (15 points per game)

    Hawk and Matthews were both drafted by GB and not free agent signings, though it’s clear that Matthews, despite frequent leg injuries, tallied 83.5 sacks in 10 seasons of service and was well worth his 1st round selection.

    Pickett was never an overpaid FA and played a serviceable role, while C. Wood signed for a modest amount and spearheaded the defense being named 1st team All-Pro twice (2009, 2011) and DPOY in 2009.
    You may want to try this again.
    I can hardly wait. 😂

  14. The man has put 100 million in his pocket, and god bless him he has the right to earn as much as he can squeeze, but his next deal will be all about winning a championship or going to the highest bidder. He’s earned the right for either…..

  15. The Packers want watt but would watt want the packers and that Rodgers tainted locker room? Watt is not a me first player

  16. I’d love to see Watt as a Packer. But I don’t think he’d be a difference maker, or get them closer to a Super Bowl at this stage of his career.

    I’ll gladly buy his jersey if this happens though.

  17. Do the names Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and Ryan Pickett ring any bells? And, I’m not even a fan. It’s amazing how I know more about how much that team has struggled to assemble a championship roster than their own fans.
    =====

    “what you just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul.”

  18. Three of those four players I just listed are why the Packers haven’t made it back to a super bowl since that 2010 run. They stayed on that team for far too long. So, no, I’m not wrong. Overpaying Rodgers didn’t help, either.

  19. jameshodges says:
    February 14, 2021 at 4:11 pm

    Do the names Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Charles Woodson, and Ryan Pickett ring any bells? And, I’m not even a fan. It’s amazing how I know more about how much that team has struggled to assemble a championship roster than their own fans.
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    This has to have been posted purely for comedic purposes. To put those four names in the same comment regarding how much Packers have struggled is ridiculous. Those are championship players. They all have Superbowl rings with the Packers. Remind me again how you “know more” about the Packers than their own fans.

  20. I don’t see Rodgers wanting to bring watt in because I don’t see how bringing watt in will help Rodgers win his next regular season mvp award

  21. And, real contenders know when to move on from players who are not worth their asking price. You’re all being foolish. Enjoy your 1-4 conference championship record with Rodgers. Your franchise has had not much to show for having two future quarterback hall of famers the last few decades. Does the word underachieving mean anything?

  22. Had they not traded out of the first round 4 years ago … Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt would be entering his 5th season as a Green Bay Packer. Instead, we trade out of the 1st round, and select Kevin King … and with the extra 4th round pick, select Vince Biegel, whom the team cut one after one season. We could have at least two Watt brothers on the roster for the 2021 season if J.J. decides to sign with the Green & Gold.

    I’m still grinding my teeth on this one.

  23. Three of those four players I just listed are why the Packers haven’t made it back to a super bowl since that 2010 run. They stayed on that team for far too long. So, no, I’m not wrong.
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    Takes a special breed of fool to take shots at Woodson.

    Arguably the greatest free agent signing of all-time.

  24. Your franchise has had not much to show for having two future quarterback hall of famers the last few decades. Does the word underachieving mean anything?
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    Man, you can’t get out of your own way, can you?

    Favre is already in the HOF.

    As for the Packers underachieving?.. Outside of the Patriots and Steelers, name a better organization since the mid-90s.

    You’ll never understand what this run has meant for the Packers Franchise. They’ve dumped hundreds of $millions into the stadium district. They have become a national brand, and ensured their stability for the foreseeable future. In one of the smallest communities in the U.S. Considering where they were in the 70s and 80s, thats an enormous feat.

    You’re just completely out of your depth here. And you prove it with every keystroke. We’re not the Patriots. None of us think we are… no other team is either.

  25. The Patriots, Steelers, Colts, and even the Giants have all accomplished more than the Packers the last 20 years. Green Bay can’t even get back to a super bowl. And, that’s not what I meant when I added Favre in that discussion. When I said future hall of famer, it obviously applied to just Rodgers. It takes years to get inducted. The point is that the Packers and their fans are delusional and arrogant pretenders season after season. When you have two all time great quarterbacks like that, you should win more than two super bowls combined.

  26. jameshodges says:
    February 14, 2021 at 6:45 pm
    When you have two all time great quarterbacks like that, you should win more than two super bowls combined.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I wasn’t aware Rodgers had retired. When did that happen?

  27. The Patriots, Steelers, Colts, and even the Giants have all accomplished more than the Packers the last 20 years.
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    The Colts? With their 1 Title?

    The Giants? Give me the Seahawks, Saints and Ravens, thanks.

    You really suck at this..

  28. Makes sense given his WI connections and the fact he still has something left. The Pack Wouk be better with him. However, the Pack is over the cap, already has 40% of its cap tied up in free agents due to lousy drafting, has several of its own free agents to sign, and you’d think Watt fits better in a 4-3 defense.

  29. Don’t even get me started on Rodgers. The guy has thrown eight picks in a combined five conference championship games. And, he wants more money. It’s no wonder your franchise is struggling to sign talented players, when Rodgers is clearly overpaid. I don’t care about passer-rating when he becomes useless on the grandest stage, when all the chips are on the table.

  30. The Seahawks and Saints both won only one title. What is your point? The Giants won two super bowls in the last 20 years, and their win in the 2007 season was against quite possibly the greatest team of all time. That is more than the Packers, period. Yeah, the Ravens could be thrown in the discussion, too. Packers fans know all about sucking.

  31. Packers fans know all about sucking.
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    Thats pretty rich, considering you are probably kneeling before your brady shrine…

  32. What’s with Brady in this discussion? Does he own your mind? I grew up a Tony Romo fan. I know greatness when I see it. I just know that Rodgers has underperformed in conference championship games. That part is well evident.

  33. The Vikings fans saying if JJ wants a ring don’t go to Green Bay? These futility experts from the west are hilarious. 60 years and counting!

  34. When Watt was released by Houston, the first team I thought of was Green Bay. It wouldn’t be a Reggie White level acquisition, but he’d be a difference maker. Watt is a popular player who will be embraced by fans where ever he goes, but the reception he’ll get in Green Bay could also be a determining factor. That’s why Reggie White selected Green Bay.

  35. The team has restructured the contract of All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, creating $8.3 million of cap space, but the Packers still need more moves even to get under whatever the final salary cap number ends up being.
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    Plus another $5mil for draft picks and then whatever JJ agrees to on top of that, IT AIN’T HAPPENING!

  36. Every year there’s widespread panic about the cap, and every year all teams somehow figure it out and move on. It’s always the biggest non-event event.

  37. The Packers are fine cap/money wise. Will be some more restructuring of contracts and one or two players released like Preston Smith and Billy Turner. Most likely will let Devin Funchess go as well. Far from any gutting of a team that was again one game from the Super Bowl.

    JJ Watt is for sure a possibility, but not the only direction the Packers are looking. If they do sign JJ, the cap would be zero issue as most of his contract would be backloaded.

    We will see what happens. Gute and Russ Ball are very good at what they do and the Packers are in win now mode, so will that mean adding JJ Watt? Stay tuned.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊

  38. I can just envision him apologizing to Rodgers at the end of next year for “wasting another year of his career” and its just beautiful.

  39. If Watt actually signs with the Pack it’ll be very telling. There will obviously be higher bidders so if he’s just looking for money he will go elsewhere, but should he sign with us, it shows he’s looking for more than a pay day.

  40. Gute and Russ Ball are very good at what they do and the Packers are in win now mode, so will that mean adding JJ Watt

    Win now mode? Oh that’s why they moved up in the 1st round of the draft to get Love. He didn’t dress all year.

  41. If we read in the next week that Rodgers gets a new deal back loaded with a ton guaranteed freeing up more cap space for next season it can only help if they truly are interested in making a pitch to Watt.

  42. If Watt actually signs with the Pack it’ll be very telling. There will obviously be higher bidders so if he’s just looking for money he will go elsewhere, but should he sign with us, it shows he’s looking for more than a pay day

    Of course he is looking for a payday, you really think he wants to play for aaron rodger? Packer fan ignorance

  43. Watt wants to win a SuperBowl. Peterson wants to win a SuperBowl. Every player still playing and thousands that aren’t…….want to win a SuperBowl. Getting an opportunity to contribute to the SuperBowl success of a team with Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback will get the attention of just about anybody that’s looking. If you don’t think so, you may be too stupid to realize you’re stupid.

  44. Of course he is looking for a payday, you really think he wants to play for aaron rodger? Packer fan ignorance
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    Of course he is looking for a payday, you really think he wants to play with the current NFL mvp? Packer fan ignorance
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    Made a slight change just to highlight how dumb your comment was.

  45. hogbuster7 says:
    February 14, 2021 at 4:48 pm
    February 14, 2021 at 4:26 pm
    If you want to win a Super Bowl JJ? Don’t pick the Packers. Yeah their fans will say they are going to the Super Bowl. That they should have won this or that game in the playoffs. But the truth is they won’t make it back to the Super Bowl during Rodgers career there.

    The List should be short Bucs, Chiefs, Bills, and or Steelers (because of obvious family reasons. I don’t think this is a Super Bowl team)

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    They scored 26 points on a D Mahomes could only score 9 on and lost by 5 despite a hail mary disaster at halftime and without their all pro left tackle. Add JJ plus a 1st round WR and you have yourself a championship roster. Who can block a front that includes JJ Watt, Zadarious Smith, Keny Clark, Rashan Gary, and Preston Smith? Definitely not the Bucs o-line.

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    The Bucs man handled the Packer defensive front and I don’t think an aging always hurt JJ Watt is going to make a difference. Man get over yourselves not everyone wants to come to Green Bay because A A Ron is the MVP. These guys want to win a Lombardi not see a diva hoist another MVP trophy after getting ousted for the second straight year in the NFC title game.

    Packer fan you had better get ready for a tough year, there will be no 13-3, the schedule this year and with who the North has to play. Steelers, Browns and Ravens are all very physical teams and well we know how good the Packers do in physical games when they don’t have a lead.

  46. rodgersgobucyourself says:
    February 16, 2021 at 11:57 am
    Packer fan you had better get ready for a tough year, there will be no 13-3
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    (yawn)

    Since January, 2019, I must’ve heard this “prediction” no less than 1,000 times. Get in line.

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