CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Since the initial wave of stories circulated concerning interest in potential teams – including the Browns – things have been pretty quiet on the J.J. Watt free agency front.
Sunday night, Watt jumped on twitter and answered an inquiry from a user who was curious about how soon he planned to sign.
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and five-time All-Pro requested and was granted his release by the Texans earlier this month with his eye on winning a Super Bowl.
Cleveland, Buffalo along with Tennessee, Green Bay, Kansas City, Arizona, and Tampa Bay are among the teams tied to Watt either through his interest in them or their interest in him.
By rolling over $30.4 million from 2020, the Browns are back in the black and are projected to have between $23-$27 million in available cap space when the new league year opens on March 17.
Watt’s hometown Packers are in salary cap hell, even after releasing Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey and offensive tackle Rick Wagner to clear $10.25 million in room. They remain over the projected cap for 2021 by nearly $4 million.
The Steelers have a major question at quarterback and are also in cap hell, so teaming up with his two brothers, T.J. and Derek, may not even be feasible.
The Buccaneers, who are coming off their Super Bowl LV win over the Chiefs, have more cap room than the Browns but they have multiple big-name players they will look to retain.
Buffalo, who lost to Kansas City in the AFC championship game, is under the cap by $4.5 million so some maneuvering would likely have to occur to make room for Watt.
The Browns remain the best positioned of any of team when it comes to the salary cap and meeting his priorities, which includes the ability to win big now.