1. Green Bay Packers
As a Wisconsin sports fan, I am a little biased, but this is a dream scenario. We have followed J.J. Watt’s career and cheering for him, as long as he wasn’t lining up against the Packers. Now, Watt has a choice of where he is going to play he would fit in perfectly in Green Bay.
Fill a need on the defensive line – check.
A chance to play for a ring – check.
A chance to play for your hometown team – check.
This is a match made in heaven for everyone involved.
As much as it makes sense, it may still be a longshot. The money and cap space would be a big hurdle to clear. Everyone says the cap isn’t real. True, but there are always consequences for moving money around. The Packers could backload Watt’s contract and even find a way to pay his salary when he isn’t even under contract anymore, but they will always pay for it in the end.
Like the Bucs, the Packers have some important pending free agent agents. Aaron Jones, Kevin King, Corey Linsley, and Jamaal Williams are all scheduled to be free agents. Adding Watt would pretty much mean all of those players will be playing elsewhere next season.
So you have to ask yourself, is having J.J. Watt in Green and Gold next season worth losing someone like Linsley and/or Jones? Even if Watt takes a hometown discount, there would still be a big price tag to pay.