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Packers Reportedly Still One of Three Teams in the Mix for DE J.J. Watt

The Packers remain in the mix for free agent defensive end J.J. Watt, but according to reports the former Houston Texan is not going to come cheap.

Thursday a report surfaced that Watt has an offer on the table from a team believed to be worth between $15 million and $16 million.

John Clayton of ESPN in Seattle reports that the Packers, along with the Titans, and Buffalo Bills are the three teams that have given the most attention to Watt and they are the frontrunners for his services.

Watt’s interest in the Packers is not a surprise, considering he played for the University of Wisconsin and he’s a Pewaukee, Wis. native — along with growing up a Packers fan.

The Packers have reached the last two NFC Championship Games and could use some help on a defensive line that has recorded 82 sacks over the past two seasons (tied for eighth-most in the NFL). Adding a player of Watt’s caliber could be enough to get Green Bay to the Super Bowl in a loaded NFC.

There’s no doubt that adding Watt would be a huge boost, and not only would he add getting to the quarterback, but also his locker room presence would help out the team’s defense a great deal.

It remains to be seen what it’s at the end of the day going to take, but hearing that a team has already offered between $15 and $16 million shows how much faith teams have that Watt is a game changer still to this day.


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