ABOUT J.J. WATT
Could be wrong, so keep this in mind while you read this about free agent defensive end J.J. Watt:
1. One executive told me if Watt had an offer at $15 million a year, he should have immediately taken it. The executive wondered if Watt’s camp was working to hype the value of their client by putting that rumor into play, perhaps hoping for a multi-year offer.
2. Teams want Watt, and the Browns are one of those talking to the former Houston star. But at 32 and with a significant injury history, it’s hard to imagine the Browns or most teams making a major commitment to Watt of more than one year. It’s possible he could sign a multi-year deal, but only with the bonus and first season being guaranteed.
3. Most analytics-based teams such as the Browns have the same mindset as traditional football people when it comes to offensive and defensive lines – you need a lot depth. These guys get hurt. The Browns reworked Olivier Vernon’s contract ($11 million) and brought him back in 2020 knowing he’d probably miss some games due to injury. But they hoped he’d play maybe a dozen at a high level.
4. Vernon played 14 regular-season games, but tore his Achilles in the final contest of the year vs. Pittsburgh. He’s had surgery, but it’s doubtful the Browns will bring back the 30-year-old veteran.
5. My guess –…