What about J.J. Watt? Nick Chubb’s contract? Future of Rashard Higgins? Terry’s Talkin’ Browns

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 –…

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