Former Texans DE J.J. Watt ‘Seriously Considering’ Playing In Cleveland In 2021

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Last season, the Cleveland Browns turned the corner and became a franchise that other teams will now have to deal with. The team won 11 games and a road playoff game in Pittsburgh.

They even hung in there with the eventual AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium before a final push by Andy Reid and backup QB Chad Henne put them away 22-17.

While Cleveland didn’t make the AFC Title game, they did enough to garner a lot of national attention, and many think they very well could represent the AFC in the Super Bowl in 2022.

For now, the team is looking to improve their roster for the upcoming season, especially on defense, which just didn’t play well at times in 2021. Cleveland ranked 21st in points against last season, allowing 26.2 points per game.

There have been a lot of rumors about the Browns going after a huge free agent on defense this offseason: defensive end J.J. Watt, who was recently released by the Houston Texans.

Browns fans have been giddy about the team signing Watt, and Watt himself is reportedly “seriously considering” the Browns to be his next home.

Of course, Watt in Cleveland would be interesting as it would mean two regular-season matchups against his younger brother T.J., who lines up at linebacker for the rival Steelers.

The Steelers are another team who would love to sign the three-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, as would the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.

While Watt is now 31 and may have taken a step back, there’s no doubt he would still add value to any team that picks him up – Browns or otherwise.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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