Report: Bills inquired about J.J. Watt, interest 'definitely mutual'

Watt was released by the Texans on Friday after 10 seasons in Houston
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By WGR 550 SportsRadio

The J.J. Watt sweepstakes continue on Wednesday as the Buffalo Bills have reportedly thrown their name into the discussion.

According to ESPN's Kimberley A. Martin, the Bills are among several teams to have inquired about the free agent pass rusher. However, there appears to be interest between both sides, described by Martin as "definitely mutual."

The 31-year-old defensive end was released by the Texans on Friday after a prolific 10 seasons in Houston. After being the 11th overall pick of the Texans in the 2011 NFL Draft out of the University of Wisconsin, Watt played in 128 games with Houston, registering 531 total tackles, 172 tackles for loss, 282 quarterback hits, 101 sacks, 25 forced fumbles, two interceptions and three defensive touchdowns.

In Watt's time in Houston, the veteran pass rusher earned five Pro Bowl nods and five First-Team All-Pro honors by the Associated Press. He was also named a three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014 and 2015), was named the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year, and was a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-2010s Team.

Despite playing in all 16 games last season, Watt's 2020 campaign was a bit of a downtick in production, registering 52 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

The Texans went on to finish the 2020 season with a 4-12 record after reaching the AFC Divisional Round the year before against the Kansas City Chiefs, defeating the Bills along the way in the AFC Wild Card Round.

Even though Watt's production took a downward trend this past year, the veteran defensive end would be a great addition to the position in Buffalo, joining the likes of Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, A.J. Epenesa, Darryl Johnson, Bryan Cox, Jr. and Mike Love.

The Browns have also reportedly shown interest in Watt this offseason, and according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, Watt is seriously considering Cleveland as an option.

As Watt put it himself on Wednesday:

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