Are the Giants a fit for free agent J.J. Watt?

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Colin Martin
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J.J. Watt looking up helmet off
J.J. Watt looking up helmet off

On Friday morning, the Houston Texans agreed to release J.J. Watt, granting the three-time Defensive Player of the Year's request.

Watt has struggled staying healthy in the past, but he played all 16 games for the Texans in 2020 and recorded five sacks. He has 101 sacks and 409 tackles in 128 career games, and has earned five All-Pro selections and five Pro Bowl appearances.

The Giants' defense finished the season ranked ninth in points allowed per game (22.3 points) and No. 12 in total yards allowed per game (349.3 yards). And Adding an established veteran star like Watt could be exactly what Big Blue needs to become one of the best defenses in the NFL.

Many around the league think that Watt is going to join his brothers on the Pittsburgh Steelers or sign with a team that can get him to the Super Bowl before his body gives out for good, per SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano.

If the Giants could somehow land him, a defensive line of Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, and Watt would be very disruptive for opposing quarterbacks. Williams is coming off an impressive 11.5 sack season, and will be a top priority for the team to re-sign this offseason.

The NFC East will likely be another close race next season, and signing Watt could be the edge that Big Blue needs to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.