Pewaukee, WI native and NFL superstar J.J. Watt is truly putting the Houston Texans in a predicament.
Houston went 4-12 this year and wasted yet another great season by quarterback Deshaun Watson. Another year of Watt’s talents as a defensive lineman has been wasted. The Texans don’t have a first-round pick this year, since they sent to the Miami Dolphins. The only option left for the Texans is to start over, and that begins with likely cutting J.J. Watt loose.
Watt will not hold any dead cap space for the Texans this next year, and the best thing for Houston to do would be to let him find greener pastures. Sure, he is all about the team and has not been shy about calling out teammates who won’t put in the work. At the end of the day, however, when you have a player like him sacrificing everything and you can’t even put a decent squad around him or Watson, your team looks pathetic. Teams know they don’t need to trade for him, as his contract expires after next season, and the Texans would likely ask for too much anyways to try to mitigate all the harm caused by the aforementioned O’Brien.
What’s Next for J.J. Watt?
So, where to next for Watt, if the Texans do the right thing and cut him loose? Well, he could certainly go over to the Pittsburgh Steelers and play with his two brothers. They’d surely take him there and he’d fit in perfectly with that defense. However J.J. has just come from a bad situation. Do you think he wants to sign a deal with a team that has an old ass Ben Roethlisberger, underperforming wide receivers and injury-prone running backs on offense? Hell no. So, where to then? This clip may have been from two years ago, but it may be even more pertinent now than it ever will be.
Could J.J. Watt Pull a Reggie White?
He’s always chasing Reggie White. You know, the defensive lineman that signed with the Green Bay Packers and won a Super Bowl, solidifying himself as one of the greatest of all time. What better place for Watt to land than Green Bay? The Packers are not only his hometown team, but they have the most talented quarterback of all time in Aaron Rodgers, the best wide receiver in the NFL in Davante Adams, a good running game and an average to solid defense.
And what’s the one piece this Packers defense is missing? Consistent quarterback pressure. You think J.J. Watt could help with that?
Team Fit for Watt With Packers
The last time the Packers won the Super Bowl, their defense was good and they were relentless with their pressuring of the quarterback. The Packers let some key linemen walk that offseason and have been looking to bring that type of defensive line play back ever since. Now, there may be a free agent Watt looking for a new home.
J.J. Watt is chasing Reggie White. Green Bay is chasing a Super Bowl. There is no better fit for either Watt, or the Packers.
Will the Packers Make the Move?
The only question left is will the Packers pull the trigger if he’s available? The Packers are often extremely conservative in free agency, but they have shown some changes as of late, with the signings of Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, Adrian Amos, along with others. The Packers still haven’t heard the end of it from Wisconsin Badger fans for passing on J.J.’s brother T.J. Watt, and they know J.J. could be the final piece of their championship puzzle.
If the opportunity presents itself to the Packers, it would surely be too good to pass up. If the Packers do get pen to paper on a deal, Green Bay will be bringing a hell of a lot more home to Titletown, U.S.A. than just a player.