J.J. Watt would make a lot of sense for the Atlanta Falcons in 2021
Should the Atlanta Falcons make a play for Texans defensive end J.J. Watt?
Yeah, we get it, people are tired of reading articles about the Atlanta Falcons going after players with big names. However, this is a potential move that would make sense for the Falcons given their needs mixed with J.J. Watt wanting to get out of Houston.
JJ Watt will be 32 this March and is on the downside of this career, but that does not mean that he could not be a difference-maker for the Atlanta Falcons in 2021. Often times, a change of scenery can be reinvigorating for players.
If you have doubts on whether or not a 30-year old plus defensive lineman can still be problematic and successful in the NFL, simply look across the league and start in the NFC South.
Cameron Jordan, Ndamukong Suh, and Jason Pierre-Paul are all absolute difference-makers for the Saints and Bucs. The three of them continue to be monsters on the defensive line and set the pace for two defenses that were among the league’s best the last several years.
Those are just three players that the Atlanta Falcons face twice every year, there is plenty of defensive lineman across the league that is 30-plus and are monsters still playing at an elite level.
J.J. Watt’s financials arent our problem to address.
We know that the Atlanta Falcons are in trouble with the salary cap, we just don’t know how bad it will be. However, what we also know is that every NFL general manager makes things happen when fans and “blogging experts” believe that there is no way to make things happen.
If a team wants something bad enough, they move money around in ways most people will never understand. Even the league’s worst general managers understand how to do this.
Back in November J.J. Watt said he had no interest in rebuilding, that he wanted to win a championship. While some may look at the Atlanta Falcons four wins and say that they are in fact rebuilding, one could argue, they are a few plays away from the playoffs and a difference-maker on the defensive side of the ball away from being an actual contender
When you add in a new coaching staff that has actually won multiple Super Bowls and a staff full of coaches that have been successful in their past stops, there is no reason to believe that Watt would not help get the Falcons over the edge and back into contention.
The Atlanta Falcons played the Chiefs the best of any team over the last two seasons and showed that this team has talent. Watt could be the piece that helps get them over the edge and while it may never happen, it would at least be worth kicking the tires on to see if there is any interest.