Pro Bowl Player
If we're getting the JJ Watt from 5 years ago, I'd say yes. But not the JJ Watt of the past 2 years who is earning 15m per year and has had trouble staying healthy while averaging 4.5 sacks per season.
1) Is Watt an upgrade over Bentley?
2) How much would he cost?
Like anyone else, he future expected performance is the issue, not how he played in the passed. So, the question is whether he is worth what it would require. I suspect that answer is likely to be "no".
Personally almost any pick would be lot for a play with a 1 year contract for $17.5M. I suppose, a pick is possible if Watt is willing to negotiate a lower contract. It is more likely that he is simply cut.
It seems likely the HOU will need to dump Watt and Cooks.
Why compare anybody with Bentley? Maybe I said that wrong. Compare anybody with Bentley and there would be an improvement. I don't get the approval of him. I rarely see him make a play. Not saying never, just saying rarely.Bentley and Watt play entirely different positions. Why are you even comparing them?
Have never really believed that a defensive lineman making $20M a year impacted winning enough to overcome the holes it creates elsewhere on the roster. Maybe at his absolute peak and when he played 16 games he was worth it but those days are long gone. The Texans allegedly had great DL multiple years and they never went anywhere.
releasing him pretty much takes care of the texans cap overage... easy decision to makeJJ is in the last year of his contract that is set to pay him $17.5 million for 2021. There is no way he sees that. Nobody is going to trade for that contract because they know that Houston is going to cut him. It saves 17.5 million on the salary cap with zero dead money.
So Watt will be a FA come the new league year. No way that the Pats will want to bring in JJ for a year, that really doesn't make sense for a team that will be rebuilding. I could see Watt signing with Pittsburgh to play with his brothers, or go to some other contender.
It makes perfect sense from the team perspective (at the right price). Watt is the exactly the type of veteran presence that Belichick would love to bring in to a young locker room. Belichick will never willingly tank .So Watt will be a FA come the new league year. No way that the Pats will want to bring in JJ for a year, that really doesn't make sense for a team that will be rebuilding. I could see Watt signing with Pittsburgh to play with his brothers, or go to some other contender.