A couple of days ago, J.J Watt was released by the Texans organization. Should the Chiefs pursue and sign Watt this offseason?
Hello again everyone and welcome to another week of the ArrowChop! This is the column where we look at the positives/negatives of a certain Chiefs/NFL issue and look at both sides of the aisle. Then you, the readers, will come to your conclusions after I lay out the case. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as we breakdown this week’s hot topic.
J.J. Watt, that name alone sends tremors down offensive lineman’s spines. Watt is one of the most explosive defensive players to be drafted in recent NFL history, snagging three defensive players of the year awards, 110 sacks, 531 combined tackles, 25 forced fumbles, 282 QB hits, and so many unforgettable stat lines he has achieved over his ten-year career. He is a force to be reckoned with in the trenches.
On February 12th, the Texans released him, freeing him from this unsuitable franchise; he is now searching for a new place to call home. All players want an SB ring; it’s one of an NFL player’s dream accomplishments. The Chiefs are one of the best bets to win the Super Bowl next season. This raises the question of whether or not the Chiefs pursue and sign Watt as a starter. Let’s break down both sides of the aisle to see if the Chiefs should chance it:
The Chiefs should sign Watt
To start, Watt is a defensive monstrosity; no one can deny that claim. While he didn’t have the high numbers like he usually does, he still performed better than most starting defensive ends this year, gaining 52 combined tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 17 QB hits, 14 tackles for a loss, seven pass deflections, and one interception that resulted in a 19-yard pick-six. He also played all 16 games this year, which shows spectacular strides in his bodily health; he was out half the year last season with a season-ending torn pectoral.
Next, he would add on to a star-studded defensive line. He’d be lining up with the likes of Chris Jones and Frank Clark, and while the Shark had an underperforming year, he can show up when he’s needed. This would give the offensive lines nightmares for the day before they play the Chiefs. Just imagine the damage that defensive line can do with Watt healthier than ever; it’d be must-watch NFL TV no matter who you’re rooting for.
Finally, the Chiefs require another player for the defensive end spot. They only have four ends under contract: Frank Clark, Tim Ward, Mike Danna, and Austin Edwards. His addition would fill a large hole for the defensive front.
The Chiefs shouldn’t sign Watt
Firstly, at this very moment, the Chiefs have an estimated -$21,370,898 in cap space entering the 2021 offseason; J.J Watt just came off a year where he made $15.5 million. Even if Watt decided to take less money than usual, it would too expensive for the Chiefs to pursue. Once the Chiefs restructure who they want to and release who they want, it still probably won’t be enough for the Chiefs to sign him, especially if he’s thinking of a multi-year deal. This leads to the following point:
Secondly, even if they have the money to sign him, some spots have to be addressed first. The main position of need would be the offensive line, and that will be built through free agency and the draft. They also need a number two WR; they could use F.A, the draft, bring up Hardman, or resign Pringle for this to happen. They also need another linebacker to fill in for a dire need of another star in that linebacking core.
Thirdly, some criticize that his prime is over. While it wasn’t a terrible 2020-21 season for him by any means, it was his worst full season in his career; plus, he’ll be entering his 11th season in the NFL. A high price tag on him, some say, may not be beneficial for the Chiefs who are still trying to patch up the pieces of what was torn apart in Super Bowl LV.
Finally, there comes to terms of what J.J actually wants. If he wants to have a Super Bowl ring under his belt for an added career accomplishment, then the Chiefs could snag him. However, two factors may restrict this from occurring: money and family. As stated above, the Chiefs have a huge cap issue to deal with; they may not have the money to sign him, principally if he wants the same or a little less than what he was paid before. For the family point, he may go up to Pittsburg to play with his brothers, or he could go to the Chicago Bears to be close with his wife Kealia Watt, who plays for Chicago Red Stars (soccer team).
Do you believe the Chiefs should sign Watt? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @HunterStanton8 and @ArrowheadLive Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day.