In keeping with ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cleveland Browns are among the many groups focusing on free agent defensive finish J.J. Watt.
CLEVELAND — Editor’s be aware: Cleveland Browns normal supervisor Andrew Berry’s press convention within the video above is from Jan. 20, 2021.
On Friday, the Houston Texans granted J.J. Watt’s request to be launched. And it did not take the Cleveland Browns lengthy to precise curiosity within the star defensive finish.
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In keeping with ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Browns had been amongst a dozen groups to achieve out to Watt following his launch from the Texans. Different groups to reportedly have curiosity in signing the five-time Professional Bowl defensive finish embrace the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Payments and Tennessee Titans.
Whereas rather a lot can change within the coming weeks, it is price noting that Cleveland at the moment has extra cap house than any of these groups and the 10th most within the NFL, in response to OverTheCap.com. Whereas the Browns would possible favor to signal Watt to a shorter-term deal, additionally they seem like in the very best place to signal the two-time sacks chief ought to cash be a motivating consider his free company.
In fact, there’ll possible be different elements in play that assist decide the place Watt winds up, together with the fact that he has not one, however two brothers who’re at the moment members of the Steelers’ roster. The presence of T.J. Watt and Derek Watt in Pittsburgh has helped make the Steelers the betting favourite to land J.J. Watt, who ranked seventh amongst edge defenders in 2020 in response to Professional Soccer Focus.
With Olivier Vernon having suffered a torn Achilles and set to hit free company, defensive finish is undoubtedly one of many Browns’ largest wants coming into the upcoming offseason. In Watt, they may discover themselves with probably the greatest to ever play the place — though they will definitely have loads of competitors for his companies.