JJ Watt “Seriously” Interested in Joining Browns

J.J. Watt. with the Texans in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It didn’t take long for JJ Watt to generate interest in his services after being released by the Houston Texans. One of the teams interested in signing Watt is the Cleveland Browns, and it appears that the feeling is mutual.

According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, Watt is “seriously” considering the Browns as his next destination. Cabot’s sources say that the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is attracted by the team’s talented roster and believes he would be able to play for a Super Bowl in Cleveland.

Another thing that entices JJ Watt is the Browns’ cap space. Despite putting a championship as his top priority, the 31-year-old star reportedly also wants to get paid properly.

Watt walked away from a $17.5 million salary when he agreed to part ways with the Texans last week, so he will probably ask for a salary in that range from his new team. The Browns, with $21.7 million in space, can make that happen.

Watt, a five-time Pro Bowler and five-time First-Team All-Pro selectee, has several other teams monitoring him. The Pittsburgh Steelers, where his brother TJ Watt plays, is one frequently mentioned suitor, while the Green Bay Packers are also believed to be interested.