The Houston Texans are in quite the debacle as we head into the 2021 offseason. With Deshaun Watson demanding a trade, the front office might as well give in, then follow up with trading JJ Watt as well. Houston needs to acquire as much draft stock as possible. Watson will be a more intricate deal, but trading JJ Watt won’t be as complicated.
During this season, Watt played nearly to the level we know him to be. Finishing with 52 total tackles, five sacks, and two forced fumbles, the 10-year vet has built up positive momentum for next year. Considering he’ll only be 32 next season, JJ Watt should garner plenty of interest from NFL franchises.
With that said, the teams making offers for JJ Watt will likely be playoff contenders. Any franchises currently rebuilding won’t be interested, as longevity becomes a key issue. Organizations that are in a “win now” situation, as well as franchises on the verge of becoming a playoff team, should be calling up the Texans and making an offer as soon as possible. Here are the four best fits for JJ Watt.
Who Should Trade for JJ Watt?
Heading into the offseason, it’s rather clear what the Tennessee Titans need to address to make another playoff run. With the defense finishing as one of the worst in franchise history, the Titans should highly consider making a move for JJ Watt.
The Titans defense finished with only 19 sacks on the year, the third-lowest in the NFL. Additionally, the pass coverage was constantly exposed, as they gave up 4,439 yards through the air. Opposing quarterbacks had all day in the backfield to pick apart the secondary every week.
Last offseason, the front office was aggressive and signed Jadeveon Clowney and Vic Beasley. The duo fell flat, preventing the defense from improving the pass rush. This time around, the Titans will likely be drafting a pass rusher. However, it’s unlikely any player in the draft gives them an immediate improvement. Instead, Tennessee should trade for Watt, giving them a much-needed upgrade.
The trade makes sense for the Titans. JJ Watt brings that extra push the defense needs to get after the QB. Additionally, he’d be a fantastic mentor for Harold Landry and any rookie the franchise drafts this year. Look for the front office to make changes with the defensive roster this offseason.
Ending the year just one game away from the Super Bowl, the Buffalo Bills will be looking to add some flare to the roster this offseason. The defense was actually decent in pass coverage but had a difficult time stopping the run. For the Bills, JJ Watt gives them that boost they need to be more effective on defense.
With an already solid defensive line with Ed Oliver leading the way, and AJ Epenesa as an exciting prospect, Watt would fit in smoothly for this defensive unit. Buffalo plays in a 4-3 defense, which means JJ Watt would likely line up as defensive end attacking the quarterback on every down.
With Watt and Epenesa on the ends and Oliver in the middle, the Bills pass-rush would vastly improve. This organization was right in the middle with sacks this year, finishing with 38. Additionally, he would give them a huge boost in stopping the run as well. JJ Watt could move the Bills up a notch next year in that category, improving the defense overall.
The Cleveland Browns are another team that had their season cut short in the playoffs. However, the Browns rush defense is already legit, as they only allowed 1,773 rushing yards on the year. On the flip side of that, their pass defense was atrocious. Giving up 3,963 passing yards and 32 touchdowns through the air means this franchise will be looking to upgrade the defense.
A trade for JJ Watt may make sense for the Browns, as he would elevate their already decent pass rush. Myles Garrett is elite off the edge, but he needs some help on the defensive line.
With the Browns’ struggles mainly in pass coverage, acquiring Watt would help them tremendously in that aspect. His prowess on the D-line attacking the QB would make life easier on the secondary. Between Garrett and JJ Watt, opposing offenses would have to double team both of them every time they drop back to pass.
Las Vegas Raiders
The only team on this list that didn’t make the playoffs, the Las Vegas Raiders would still make a tremendous fit for JJ Watt. Considering how bad this defense was in nearly every category, acquiring Watt gives the team an immediate boost.
Jon Gruden and the front office will likely be aggressive this offseason. There are already rumors about them trading away Derek Carr for Watson, which means trading for Watt isn’t out of question. With the defense struggling to sack opposing QBs all year, Watt’s presence should be enough to help the defense improve nicely.
The defense would look great for next year if they can trade for JJ Watt. With Maxx Crosby on the other side, and Raekwon McMillan locking up the linebacker spot, this defense suddenly has a competitive front seven. Besides, with Gruden’s coaching abilities, he’s likely to put JJ Watt in all of the right places to help him succeed. Look for Las Vegas to be aggressive this offseason.
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