There is a new player in Houston that wants out, and his name is not Deshaun Watson. J.J. Watt seems to be on the move this offseason if it’s a trade or if the Houston Texans decided to release him. If the Texans decided to put Watt on the trading block or flat out release him, should the New York Giants make the move to bring Watt in New York?
The 31-year-old Watt is in the final year of a six-year, $100 million deal and is scheduled to make $17.5 million in 2021. So if the Giants were to be interested in taking Watt on, along with trying to re-sign Leonard Williams, they may have to get creative with the salary situation.
If the Giants would like to wait if Watt gets released, they could be in a bidding war with some other teams. One team that stands out to me would be the Pittsburgh Steelers. How awesome would it be if J.J. has a chance to play football with his two brothers, T.J. and Derek Watt?
What would the Giants have to give up to acquire Watt from Houston?
It honestly depends on what Houston wants. They currently do not have a first or second-round pick in the 2021 Draft. They may ask for a player-maker on offense if they decide to Watson long-term. Maybe tight end Evan Engram and no less than a fifth-round pick to Watt would be interesting.
Besides Watt’s play, what would Watt bring to the Giants?
What Watt would bring to the Giants is that missing voice they need in the locker room and on the field. He’s an on-field general who would lead by example, someone they haven’t really had since Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck. The Giants finally have a voice in the secondary in Logan Ryan, the linebackers have Blake Martinez, and now the defensive line can have Watt now as their voice.
What Watt also brings is his experiences. Watt has played in eight playoff games in his career, has been a 5x Pro Bowler, and a 5x All-Pro at the age of 31. Watt has also been a 3x DPOY winner. He brings a lot of impressive accolades with him to New York, many of the young guys will have a chance to listen and play with Watt would turn this team around.
Watt does so much more to a team than just perform on the field. He is a difference-maker on and off the field. Watt also won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award back in 2017. Watt would be a player that I personally would be very excited to see in Blue and White!