Deshaun Watson shares appreciation for J.J. Watt on Twitter

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Deshaun Watson shares appreciation for J.J. Watt on Twitter originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The NFL world was shaken up Friday when the Houston Texans announced that they were releasing longtime defensive star J.J. Watt.

As a five-time All-Pro player, three-time Defensive Player of the Year and Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient, Watt's impact both on and off the field has been tremendous since he joined the league in 2011. During his 10 years, he's left a lasting impact on numerous teammates of his in Houston.

That included quarterback Deshaun Watson, who took to Twitter following the news to share his appreciation for Watt.

The two spent four seasons playing together with the Texans and formed a close bond. During the latest season in which Houston finished just 4-12, Watt even stated to the quarterback that he was sorry the team wasted his tremendous play throughout the campaign. 

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Watson may not be far behind Watt when it comes to switching teams this offseason. Though he is not a free agent, he's grown frustrated with how the organization has handled the team in recent seasons and "officially" requested a trade not too long ago.

Though the Texans have stated there are no plans at this time to go through with that wish, plenty of teams will be lining up to try and acquire Watson.

That includes the Washington Football Team, which is in need of an upgrade at the position and could have the resources necessary to match the haul that Houston would want in return. It just so happens that Washington could be a fit for Watt, as well.

A veteran, the defensive end still has the potential to produce even if it doesn't come on every snap. Adding Watt would give Washington a depth piece and leadership along an already talented group. Given that Watson and Watt have mutual respect for one another, maybe adding Watt will help a team in the pursuit of the quarterback.

Additionally, Watt coming to Washington could allow the team to use another defensive line piece in a trade offer for Watson. Montez Sweat is someone that comes to mind.

Could Watt be a key in obtaining Watson this offseason? Only time will tell.