J.J. Watt — Update – Watt has agreed to a deal with the Cardinals
The Houston Texans are set to have a firesale this offseason, and one of the first dominos to fall was former Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. Now, Watt isn’t the player that he used to be, but he could certainly still contribute.
The hope is that Watt, knowing the Saints have a championship-caliber team, would take a pay cut.
It’s theorized that he’s down to three options — Green Bay, Cleveland, and Buffalo. New Orleans has what those teams have, but they may not be able to offer the same high-value contract. That said, Watt is coming off a five-sack season in which he played all 16 games.
His durability is there, but his production isn’t. Having two seasons of 20-plus sacks, Watt should be able to make his presence felt on any team, but for it to be New Orleans, he’ll have to come at a discount.
Anything over eight figures just isn’t worth it for a team extremely cap-strapped. However, Watt would be a helpful addition with Hendrickson likely taking his talent elsewhere. It appears Watt will go to Arizona, but he can’t officially make that happen till free agency kicks off on March 17.