Former Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt remains one of the top free agents to hit the market this year.
As of now, the teams reportedly in the best position to sign the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year are the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans with the Las Vegas Raiders lurking.
And according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Watt already has a contract offer reportedly worth $15-$16 million annually.
Does that kind of price tag take the Cincinnati Bengals out of contention (if they wanted to jump in)? Should it?
Granted, the Bengals don’t appear to be in the running, and they may have never wanted to. But let’s have some fun and think about what it would take to sign him if the Bengals jumped into the mix, and if you’d be willing to see the Bengals pay the hefty price that would come with it.
Given Watt’s age (turns 32 in March) and durability issues (missed 32 games from 2016-19), I would imagine this type of contract would only be for 2-3 seasons, so it shouldn’t be a contract that cripples his next team’s future if he doesn’t live up to it.
So, let’s say to sign Watt, it would require the Bengals to give him a three-year contract worth $45 million ($15 million annually) and have enough guaranteed money that he’s close to uncuttable until 2023, and it would carry a dead cap hit of, let’s say $5 million that year if cut.
If that deal would bring Watt to Cincinnati, would you do the deal? Let us know in the poll below and comments section!
Would you want the Bengals to sign J.J. Watt to this type of deal?
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