The dream of reuniting JJ Watt with his brothers TJ and Derek in Pittsburgh seems to have died.
Despite the strenuous efforts of his Steelers brothers, three teams Watt has decided are the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, ESPN insider John Clayton Said on 93.7 Fan in Pittsburgh. He also mentions the Las Vegas Raiders as a dark horse.
Pittsburgh was widely speculated to be a potential landing spot for the larger Watt, but they are also preparing for a major cap crunch in 2021. As it currently stands, the Steelers cap is estimated at $ 6 million, According to Spotrac. They could restructure Ben Roethlisberger’s contract to reduce his $ 41 million cap hit, but Bud Dupree, Alejandro Villanueva and Juju Smith-Schuster, are all free agents.
The Packers are also a bit high on the cap, but could save money by cutting off veterans like Dean Lowry and Preston Smith, or extend DeVante Adams, who is in the final year of his contract. At the end of his time in Green Bay, perhaps with Rodgers, adding a star like Watt makes a lot of sense.
The Titans are coming from a season where they hit a dominant way with defensive free agents. His two key signings, Jadvon Clooney and Vic Beasley, were simultaneously guaranteed more than $ 20 million and paid for zero sacks in total (the biceps were cut in the middle season). Watt could help fix a defense that ranked 29th in 2020 in defensive DVOA.
The Bills are coming off an AFC Championship berth, and when their defense comes down the stretch, they lack a true pass-rushing force. Watt, 31, is not the player he was previously in Houston in the decade, but he will still be a major upgrade for his Edge Razor group.