Recent indications are pointing to J.J. Watt leaving Houston sooner rather than later
Let’s just consider J.J. Watt’s time in Houston limited entering the 2021 offseason.
The disgruntled star defensive end has made it clear through actions and words that he no longer views himself as a part of the Texans rebuild following the firing of Bill O’Brien. Last month, Watt clearly was upset with the team’s defensive execution against Aaron Rodgers. He followed that up with stating how he hopes to play for a contender before calling it a career.
After the recent firing of vice president of communications Amy Palcic, Watt took to Twitter to defend the woman who helped him raise over $41 million for those affected by Hurricane Harvey back in 2017. All that adds up to a player wanting out. And with the Texans needing a first-round pick, who’s to say they won’t move him this offseason?
Which NFL teams should trade for J.J. Watt this offseason?
They say you can never have too much of a good thing. For the Ravens, they’ve been nothing but great since Lamar Jackson’s 2019 MVP season. After an impressive draft, GM Eric DeCosta added defensive stars Calais Campbell, Marcus Peters and Yannick Ngakoue to help make the Ravens’ Flock a fiendish foe, all without giving up a first-round pick.
DeCosta won’t be able to swoon the next Texans general manager, but he could give up multiple mid-round picks in order to save the Day 1 selection.
Ngakoue might only be a rental option following his trade over from the Vikings while on the franchise tag. Campbell’s production is slowly starting to diminish, as is his age with injuries. Watt, an injury-plagued defender himself, has shown signs of new life following collecting his career 100th sack last weekend.
Before the talent starts leaving for bigger contracts, the Ravens need to go all-in one final time with Jackson calling the shots on the rookie deal. Although it will cost them something, it’s a win in the short-term for Ravens looking to stay on pace with Kansas City.