How could one talk about potential cheap replacement and not bring up J.J. Watt? A five-time Pro Bowler and three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year, yes, Watt is older, but he’s also still capable of playing at a high level.
With the Texans already having dumped Watt and Deshaun Watson having requested a trade, it seems only a matter of time before their implosion begins.
As for Watt, he’s coming off playing for a four-win franchise. He should want to have success. The Saints, although they don’t have Drew Brees, have the infrastructure of a team capable of being one of the best in the league. They’ve won a division-record four straight NFC South titles.
That said, Watt started and played in all 16 games last season which is a positive for an organization looking to add the 6-foot-5 31-year-old. With Cam Jordan on one side of the line, Watt could be the veteran sidekick that flourishes alongside the star.
Watt isn’t the same player that notched over 20 sacks in 2012, but with five in a slow 2020, he does have some gas left in the tank and should potentially be a cheap addition for the Saints.