J.J. Watt suitors could be waiting to see who else will be available (and for how much)

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Nearly two weeks into this 33-day head start on free agency, J.J. Watt has yet to sign with a new team. No reports have emerged regarding specific offers he has received from the various franchises that have expressed interest.

Although the lack of a specific cap number could be a factor (the expected range has narrowed to $180 million to $182 million, or so), there’s another reason for teams to bide their time a bit. They currently don’t know whether and to what extent other players will be available to be signed, based on veterans who are cut or free agents who don’t get franchise tagged and don’t quickly sign a contract.

The tampering process, untempered by the lack of a Scouting Combine, could provide some clarity. But that applies only to players whose contracts will be expiring. For veterans under contract who are going to be cut, the move could come at any time between now and March 17. So if a team commits to Watt, there’s a chance that some other player in whom the team would have been more interested and/or could have signed for less money will become available.

That’s part of the broader balance that teams need to strike in a year that will feature a reduced salary cap and an increased flood of available players. It will require Watt to continue to be patient, biding his time by sharing scientific facts on social media.

31 responses to “J.J. Watt suitors could be waiting to see who else will be available (and for how much)

  1. Don’t think the salary cap has as much to do with it as Watts desire to win. Would the he’d play for very little if it was the right team.

  2. He might not have suitors for what he’s asking for. He’s older, often injured and with a lower cap, he may need to lower his number.

  3. He’s for sure going to have a job come next season. There’s no reason to rush it from his perspective and from the team’s perspective they are scrambling to make decisions on salary caps, who to cut, etc. Also probably a lot of negotiating happening with players to restructure contracts.

  4. I think the crazy sack numbers are a thing in the past but he was still a top 10 edge defender by PFF this year. He’s made a ton of money and must want a ring. He could give the Packers or Buffalo enough to get over the hump.

  5. Watt could choose to play wherever he wanted. This could be over, unless he’s in it for just the money only.

    Contender. Location. Compensation……….pick two.

  6. dmca12 says:
    February 24, 2021 at 8:51 pm
    He might not have suitors for what he’s asking for. He’s older, often injured and with a lower cap, he may need to lower his number.

    60 5 Rate This

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    Don’t tell that to JJ Watt. There has never been less of a gamer or someone more impressed with JJ Watt than JJ Watt.

  7. Warm weather, loves the spotlight, lining up next to Aaron Donald on a team that’s ready to win now? California here he comes

  8. Yes, his stats have dwindled. However, you have to keep in mind that he was playing on one of the worst overall defenses we’ve seen in a long time. He was double-teamed more than any other player in the league last season, and that not only hampers the stats (significantly), but also adds to the physical toll. If he were to go play in Green Bay, he would join Kenny Clark, Zadarius Smith, and an emerging Rashan Gary. Opposing QBs beware. Other teams as well would offer a much better defensive line than what he was working with in Houston, and he’s still got gas in the tank, so his stats will likely improve in 2021.

    As Florio points out, some teams are probably playing “wait and see”, and Watt doesn’t need to rush the process either. He hasn’t really divulged his priorities (i.e. money vs the desire to get a ring). This is his last shot to accumulate more generational wealth, and might be his last shot at joining a team with a legit chance at a Superbowl victory. Tough choices…..

  9. Latest report had the field narrowed down to three teams: Packers, Titans, and Bills.

    Tennessee took a step back last year, and with the salary cap crunch and departing free agents, Green Bay’s about to do the same in 2021.

    If Watt’s after a ring, he’ll be a Bill next season.

  10. Its all about money for Watt.. First Pitt, then packers, then Browns, then Titans..expect a team not mentioned..aka Raiders, Seattle Giants

  11. Murf in Southie says:
    February 24, 2021 at 9:27 pm
    I think the crazy sack numbers are a thing in the past but he was still a top 10 edge defender by PFF this year. He’s made a ton of money and must want a ring. He could give the Packers or Buffalo enough to get over the hump.
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    He wasn’t a top 10 anything at the start of the year, let alone at the end of the year. Go ahead and actually look it up. If you see the name Watt in the top 10 you’ll also notice the letters T.J., not J.J. In fact, J.J. Watt was part of one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Those that did rank in the top 10 had double the tackles and or sacks. By the way, the PFF top 25 defender list at the start of the season didn’t even have J.J. In it. Yet somehow he moved into it at the end of the year with the mediocre at best season he had, right?

  12. Hard pass unless it’s a team friendly deal. Not paying him for what he was.

    Signed, Buffalo Fan

  13. touchback6 says:
    February 24, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Don’t tell that to JJ Watt. There has never been less of a gamer or someone more impressed with JJ Watt than JJ Watt.
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    No truer words have been written.

  14. Bad news – he doesn’t beat the double-teams as often as he used to.

    Good news – they still double-team him meaning he’s occupying an extra blocker.

    He’ll contribute!

  15. Salary cap is the only reason possible he does not end up in GB, you people obsess over sacks to much.. there is maybe 2 DE from teh 3-4 defence that are more impactful, he can still put pressure on a QB but even more important to GB he is a top teir run stopper.

  16. gougeaway says:
    February 25, 2021 at 4:47 am
    JJ likes all the attention!

    Watt LOVES all the attention.

  17. Most credible reporting has Buffalo and Green Bay as the top destinations on JJ’s list. There are 10 total teams that are still in the fold.

    Stay tuned…

  18. Too injured…too often…too expensive.

    Great player, but you cant count on him for a whole season

  19. I’m so sick of this guy. The very first article on this subject 2 weeks ago I said he wouldn’t be satisfied until all 32 teams show interest because that’s the only way to satisfy his gigantic ego. And look what happened. I was right again. This guy is beyond annoying.

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