Cleveland Browns predicted to sign JJ Watt in free agency

JJ Watt, Texans, Titans, Browns
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The 2021 NFL offseason is going to be one of the most memorable ones because of all the quarterback movement expected to occur. With so many teams looking to change things up under center, the league will look a lot different in 2021 than it did in 2020. One team to keep a close eye on could be the Cleveland Browns and JJ Watt could be a potential target.

Watt and the Houston Texans parted ways after he asked to be released from the team. This is going to be an organization-altering offseason for Houston, who could also move on from star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Losing one franchise cornerstone in an offseason is hard enough to handle, but two? Good luck with that, Houston.

While Watson plays the waiting game, Watt will have his choice on where he wants to play next and the list of suitors will undoubtedly be lengthy, but the teams he wants to play for is probably shorter.

Virtually every team in the NFL would like to add someone of Watt’s caliber to their defense. However, at this point in his career, Watt may be looking for a contender more than the highest-paying team.

Could he unite with his brothers, Derek Watt and T.J. Watt on the Pittsburgh Steelers? The Buffalo Bills would love to add him to their defensive line. The Green Bay Packers could also be in the mix. Or, how about the Browns?

According to Spotrac projections and predictions, the Browns are going to be the team that lands JJ Watt in free agency. A three-year, $45 million deal is the projected contract, which wouldn’t be too far off from the $16.5 million AAV Watt had previously.

Browns, Myles Garrett
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Watt signing with the Browns would be a huge boon for a franchise on the upswing. They shocked people by defeating the Steelers on Wild Card Weekend in Pittsburgh and fell just short against the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round.

He would give the Browns a scary pass rush for opponents to deal with as Myles Garrett would be his bookend and Sheldon Richardson would occupy the middle. Watt would also help replace Oliver Vernon if he leaves in free agency this offseason.

JJ Watt’s production has fallen off in recent years as he has battled injuries, but he can still help a defense. Joining a contending team primed to make a run could help get his juices flowing again.

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