Cleveland, Ohio – JJ Watt has a chance to approach the $ 17.5 million he left for Houston, the report said.
ESPN’s Diana Rusini announced on Thursday morning that Watt had received numerous offers, the best of which ranged from $ 15 million to $ 16 million a year, according to sources.
She did not specify which team offered so much. The Browns are one of several teams in the mix for Watt and one of the only ones that are strongly associated with him with enough space. Other teams that have expressed interest or are thought to be interested are Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Las Vegas. The cardinals also said they would ask about him.
As of Sunday, the Browns were still in the mix because they have a lot of things Watt is looking for, including potential for a Super Bowl, good quarterback, good supporting cast and money, a league source told Cleveland.com.
Of the teams most associated with Watt so far, the Browns are 14th in the NFL with $ 27.66 million in place for their top 51 players, according to spotrac.com, the accounts are 20th with $ 4.5 million. , the Titans are 21st with $ 2.30 million, the Packers are in 25th place with $ 4.5 million above the cap, and the Steelers are with $ 6.029 million above the cap.
The Steelers may soon free up a lot of space when they renew Ben Rothlisberger’s contract, which according to team president Art Rooney II on Tuesday is the “next step” in the process of his return as a starter for 2021.
Roethlisberger, who is due to receive a $ 15 million bonus on March 19, will make $ 19 million in 2021, but has reached $ 41.25 million. If the two sides agree on a restructuring, which Roethlisberger said he was ready to do, the Steelers will have the opportunity to strengthen their support lineup with some new crews and perhaps a new run back.
However, this does not mean that they will be able to afford TJ’s older brother and Derek Watt, who could earn from $ 12.5 million a year to $ 17.5 million a year, depending on the length and structure of the deal.
The teams are currently in the process of releasing players and restructuring their contracts to fall below the limit, which is expected to reach around $ 185 million by the beginning of the league’s year on March 17. The minimum was raised last week from 175 million to 180 million.
If the Browners don’t land Watt, they’ll consider other top passers-by like Von Miller, Carl Lawson, Trey Hendrickson, Leonard Williams and Hyson Reddick to replace Olivier Vernon, who finished with nine sacks last season before getting a shattered Achilles tendon. the finale of the season.
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