Packers: Quarterback reportedly among J.J. Watt’s top priorities
While the question about where J.J. Watt will play football in 2021 remains unanswered, the Green Bay Packers have to feel pretty good about their chances of landing the three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
We all know about the Wisconsin connections between Watt and the Packers, but this team could also be the perfect landing spot for Watt in his search for a ring.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Watt’s priority is to win the Super Bowl. Alongside that, he has three “most important considerations” for his future team.
Quarterback? To borrow a phrase from Paul Heyman, how about the reigning, defending, undisputed MVP of the National Football League, Aaron Rodgers? Including the playoffs, Rodgers just threw over 50 touchdowns with six interceptions.
If quarterback is top priority, the Packers have to be frontrunners.
Supporting personnel? No team had more first-team All-Pros than the Packers in 2020. Green Bay also had two second-team All-Pro selections. The Packers also tied for the NFL lead in Pro Bowl selections.
Along with the NFL MVP at quarterback, this team features Davante Adams, the league-leader in touchdown catches in 2020. How about one of the best offensive lines in football featuring five-time All-Pro David Bakhtiari and Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins?
What about over on the defensive side of the ball where Watt would be playing?
Watt would join Pro Bowler Kenny Clark, one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Za’Darius Smith has double-digit sacks in each of the past two seasons to go with two Pro Bowl selections and a second-team All-Pro honor. According to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky, the only edge rusher double-teamed more often than Smith this year was Watt. Put them together and one of them will be getting regular one-on-one opportunities.
In the secondary you’ll find All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander along with one of the league’s best safety tandems in Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage.
And with an offseason ahead to add more talent on defense, Watt could be the first piece.
The one concern for the Packers? Third on the list is money. That’s where it could be a struggle. Green Bay is still way over the cap and won’t be able to compete with most teams in terms of offering a big contract.
The hope is that the Packers can still make a competitive offer. Less than others, perhaps, but competitive nonetheless. But then add in the opportunity to live out a dream of playing regularly at Lambeau Field in the green and gold, while also joining a star-studded roster pushing for a Super Bowl, and the Packers could be the perfect landing spot for Watt.