Trade target number 2: J.J. Watt, DE
Someone desperately needs to rescue J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans. Listening to his press conference you can just tell he is burnt. He is tired of losing, he is tired of the drama surrounding the team. He needs a fresh start somewhere else.
J.J. Watt is a franchise icon for the Texans. However, given they are likely heading toward a rebuilding process this is the time to sell off their aging stars. Regardless of the connection to the city. It’s similar to Seattle releasing Richard Sherman. Turning a new leaf.
J.J. Watt by his standards is having a down year. His pressure rate is down from 15.8% to 9.6%. He is aging and firmly in his age-31 season. He has also had a plethora of injury issues over the last few seasons.
So, you may wonder why make this move? The thing is, his pressure rate despite being on a low point is still enough to be a team-high on the Seahawks. His sacks total of 3 is still enough to be a team-high if it were for Seattle.
Also, he is a big enough name that other teams would have to game plan for him. Something that is currently a non-factor as is. This is how others become more successful around him. When a team has to dedicate two players to keep someone contained, another player is bound to get an opening.
This is the most win-now move Seattle can make. To me, J.J. Watt is worth a 2nd round pick. The only issue is money. Seattle as it is cannot afford Watts remaining cap hit. If Seattle were to throw in a fifth-round pick to absorb half his salary, this is now a feasible move.