A major piece of completely unexpected NFL news broke this morning when the Houston Texans released star defensive end, J.J. Watt. This comes alongside headlines of Deshaun Watson being done with the Texans too.
The Texans could have traded Watt and gotten a return, but they instead decided to grant him the release he asked for. Watt even posted a video to his Twitter account thanking the Houston fan base.
While the Texans have hired a new coaching staff, including former Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith, it seems the star players still doesn’t think it is enough to stick around.
What Does This Mean for the Bears?
The Bears offseason began with a press conference involving the front office brass that irked fans. One way to get everyone back on board would be to sign Watt. This would be extremely difficult to do given the Bears’ current cap structure, but moving on from some players could make this a possibility.
While Watson landing in Chicago would be an extreme longshot, J.J. Watt being in a Bears uniform next year is at least a little more realistic.
Watt would slide in and be a part of one of the most dominant defensive lines in the league alongside Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman returning. That’s not even mentioning Khalil Mack on the edge. Adding Watt to the mix would be a terrifying sight for any opposing quarterback.
Off the field, the move makes even more sense. Watt’s wife, Kealia Watt, plays for the Chicago Red Stars. Watt has frequented the city in the offseason and given glowing reviews.
Watt is also familiar with the cold weather. He was born in Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin.
While this is all a major stretch, adding Watt to the mix may make Chicago a more appealing destination for a decent quarterback. There has been no lack of quarterback trade speculation around the league so far this offseason.
Worst-Case Scenario: Realistic
As previously alluded to, the notion of Watt suiting up in the navy and orange would require legitimate interest from the player himself and plenty of salary cap gymnastics on Ryan Pace’s part. As we say here at On Tap Sports Net, “Never get up for the letdown.”
Taking all things into consideration, Watt would be a perfect fit for the Packers. Green Bay has a potent offense that has been on the doorstep of multiple Super Bowl trips. Their defense has let them down for the most part, however, and Watt would help shore up that side of the ball. The Packers would have prime opportunities at contending for championships with the imposing defensive end in the mix. Playing for Green Bay would bring him back home to the state of Wisconsin and he would still be a short drive away from his wife too.
Perhaps Watt is already in the Northwoods of Wisconsin just waiting for the Packers to give him a call. It just makes the most sense from logistical and universal personal standpoints.