Play alongside an elite defensive end
J.J. Watt has played with some great defensive ends, but his presence has also made some defensive ends great. For the veteran, Watt would be the team’s second-best pass rusher, something not many teams that potentially add Watt could say.
Jadeveon Clowney had the best season of his career while playing alongside Watt, and now the favor may be returned to the veteran as he could join the Cameron Jordan-led Saints this offseason.
Given that the Saints made a run for Clowney and that Trey Hendrickson may be a free agent they can’t re-sign, targeting Watt feels like a perfect move. Watt played in all 16 games last season and had five sacks and 52 tackles.
He’s played the entire season in two of the last three seasons. Watt was easily the best player on the line for Houston, so having another force should free up more opportunity and make his job quite a bit easier.
After all, just look at Hendrickson’s insane 13.5 sacks. Jordan’s presence does that, and it should be able to help energize Watt back to his former self.