Folks, it’s always a bittersweet day for fans when one of the NFL’s cornerstone players leaves his former team to seek greener pastures. For JJ Watt, this day must feel very sweet. The Houston Texans are a bottom tier franchise in every way.
Their ownership is atrocious. Their asset management has been the worst in the NFL over the past decade. The city of Houston is a giant hole in and of itself. JJ Watt should be glad he is getting off the Titanic to go chase a championship.
Now JJ Watt may not be the player he used to be but I’m convinced that he could still be a quality player for a championship contending team. I want to place an emphasis on championship contending.
So he’s not going to come play for the Giants. He’s not going to go to Philadelphia. He’s not going to go to any team without a quality starting quarterback. So if you’re a fan of a team whose quarterback situation is in doubt then you’re out of the JJ Watt sweepstakes. His time is running out and he’s got to get a ring on his finger before it’s too late.
Lastly, I know that the salary cap is going to be weird this offseason. There’s a lot of teams who are over the cap at this time but what most NFL fans don’t realize is that the salary cap can be easily manipulated.
With that being said, let’s rank the top 3 landing spots for JJ Watt.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
This is the obvious choice. He could team up with his brother TJ who is an elite talent on the edge and they could wreak havoc on defenses. I can already hear Cris Collinsworth saying, “Now here’s a family that just LOVES making life miserable on quarterbacks!”
There’s only one problem that I see: With the Steelers quarterback situation and Big Ben returning, this team is not a championship contender. Ben Roethlisberger is washed up. I can’t see the Steelers getting past the likes of the Ravens or the Browns in their division next year let alone the likes of the AFC’s best in the Bills and Chiefs.
In many ways, it would be just like Watt’s prime in Houston again. He’ll be on a good but not great team that has no shot of winning it all.
2. Cleveland Browns
On the flip side, what if JJ Watt decided to flip the script and go across the division to play against his brother. The Cleveland Browns just had their best season since they were moved back to Cleveland and they are looking to build on that. JJ Watt would be an excellent locker room piece to help them reach the next step.
I would love to see this happen. You already know that the Steelers and Browns are going to get at least one primetime game against each other next season. A Watt vs. Watt showdown would add an insane amount of fuel to that fire.
3. Green Bay Packers
I can already see the headlines now: “Wisconsin Boy Heads Home to Try and Bring a Title Back to Green Bay.” This would make the most sense for a lot of reasons:
- The Packers are super close. They’ve made the NFC championship the last two seasons and could use some toughness against the run.
- Both JJ Watt and Aaron Rodgers are incredibly hungry to win a ring. Rodgers hasn’t played in the Super Bowl since the 2010 season.
- The narrative would be too perfect.
So where does JJ Watt end up? Let us know in the comments!