J.J. Watt the weatherman, and the Steelers
Strange times are calling for strange days for J.J. Watt as he gives a weather report, plus there are comments about him and the Steelers.
If you think the trading habits of Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans are strange, think about the week for J.J. Watt. Watt had a Twitter post giving his weather update, plus there were comments posted about him and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Then there are also comments mentioning about how J.J. Watt — who has played the past nine seasons with the Texans — might want to join his two brothers, and play defensive end with the Steelers.
Again, lots of free time and long days bring for strange reports and comments, but at least there is something to talk about before the 2020 NFL Draft gets here.
First there is Watt “the weatherman” as he tweeted about the Houston weather and how it was snowing, but the sun was out at the same time.
Also, the J.J. Watt “rumors” helps Texans fans forget how O’Brien not only traded All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins for a veteran running back and a second round pick, but he also traded the 57th overall selection for Brandin Cooks.
As strange and head-scratching as those decisions were by the head coach/general manager, let’s hope the latest talks of Watt and the Steelers don’t give O’Brien another trade idea as he works his wheeling and dealing from his home office.
Now where did the J.J. Watt and Steelers comments come from? Look no farther than J.J.’s brother, T.J. Watt, who happens to play for the Steelers.
In an article on Steelers.com by Teresa Varley, T.J. Watt was quoted about his brother and J.J. Watt and the Steelers:
"“I looked at J.J. and said it sucks to be you right now because we are playing together again,” said Watt. “He is jealous. Very jealous. I caught him wearing a Steelers hat around the house. I have a screen shot of it on my phone but I won’t leak it to the media, I promised J.J.”"
That said about J.J. Watt joining his brothers T.J. and Derek Watt, it would make sense for the Steelers because it would give them another great veteran on their team. The questions is, what would O’Brien even want for the three-time Defensive Player of the Year? Do we even want to know what that trade would be?
Not even looking at J.J. Watt’s numbers from his DPOY seasons, but just the past two seasons, you can see why other teams would be interested. Watt in 2018 had 16 sacks in 16 games played. Even last season, though it wasn’t the greatest, and lasted only eight games, Watt had four sacks.
Being the great defensive player J.J. Watt is — and has been throughout his career — imagining him wearing any other uniform is tough to do. Then again, Tom Brady is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so nothing is out of the realm of possibility these days, as he left the Patriots after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl championships in free agency.
Sure, Watt might not be the same player when he was winning all of the defensive awards, but if he can even be the player he was two seasons ago — after recovering from two tough injury-filled seasons — that would be a player to be excited about.
The 31-year-old J.J. Watt has two years left on his contract with the Texans, so if there is a time where O’Brien would trade him, and if the Steelers would want him, who knows if that would be a possibility?
For legacy purposes, the grand finish for Watt is to stay with the Texans for his entire career. Looking at past players, franchise great Andre Johnson didn’t get that honor, so all this talk about J.J. Watt and the Steelers does make a person start thinking about the entire scenario, but hopefully it is just only “talk.”