Titans GM Robinson Says Team Has Chatted With Free Agent DE J.J. Watt

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J.J. Watt remains an object of desire after he was released last week in a mutual agreement with the team that drafted him, the Houston Texans.

Watt is garnering a ton of interest around the NFL, despite his age (31) and the fact that he’s missed significant playing time in three of the last five seasons.

ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting that about a dozen teams are showing interest in Watt, with the front-runner out of the gate being the Steelers, where his younger T.J. Watt plays.

On Tuesday, a report came out that the Cleveland Browns were very heavily in the mix for Watt as well, and that he was “seriously considering” playing there in 2021 and beyond.

There’s now another team is very much in contention for Watt, the Tennessee Titans, and if Watt went there, it would really drive a dagger into the hearts of Texans fans.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson said on Tuesday that “we have had some contact” with Watt, which they are allowed to do since Watt is already a free agent and not under contract. According to Robinson at least, there appears to be enough synergy to keep chatting.

Watt already has a connection on the Titans coaching staff, as current Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel was Watt’s defensive coordinator with the Texans back in 2017.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Robinson said. “See where their interest is and see if it’s an avenue we want to go down and if it’s a fit.”

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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