The Athletic predicts J.J. Watt signs with Bills

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The Athletic thinks defensive end JJ Watt will be picking the Bills.

Recently in a 2021 offseason prediction piece, Watt was involved, and the topic of discussion was his landing spot. The pick was Buffalo.

Here’s The Athletic breakdown:

9. J.J. Watt signs with the Bills

Initially, this prediction was a trade. But the Texans granted Watt his release, and now he’s free to sign wherever he wants. He could make sense as a high-risk, high-reward option for plenty of teams, and one of them is the Bills.

Credit to The Athletic’s Matthew Fairburn for floating this idea earlier in the week. The Bills showed that they are legit contenders and are in “win now” mode. But they could use more difference-makers on defense. Watt turns 32 in March, but he played in all 16 games last season, producing five sacks, 17 quarterback hits and 14 tackles for loss. He produced those numbers while being double-teamed at a high rate. Given Watt’s age and injury history (he missed 32 of a possible 64 games from 2016 to 2019), there is risk in adding him at this stage of his career. But there’s also upside where Watt could find himself competing for Super Bowls with Buffalo for the next few seasons.

Currently there is reported interest in this potential marriage from both the Bills and Watt. It remains to be seen if that unfolds. The Bills aren’t the only team that appear to be in the Watt sweepstakes.

So far through a few separate reports, teams connected by name also include the Browns, Titans, Steelers and Packers. The Steelers have been the only club to downplay their interest.

Watt having multiple suitors comes as no surprise even at 31 years old. A three-time Defensive Player for the Year, Watt was named the No. 7 edge defender in the NFL in 2020 by Pro Football Focus.

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