Contrary to an earlier statement, the Cleveland Browns are still in the mix to sign the former Houston Texans defensive end.
There was some belief on Wednesday that the Cleveland Browns were no longer an option for free agent defensive end J.J. Watt. A follow up statement from John Clayton clarified what was taken an ran with.
The Browns would be wise to strongly consider adding J.J. Watt to their defensive line as he would be a clear upgrade over their current secondary options. Watt with Myles Garrett would be one of the better tandems in the league, especially if Cleveland moves Watt all over the line to take advantage of potential mismatches.
There is one obstacle that the Browns have to clear first, making it work money wise. A couple moves involving players with little or no dead money left on their deal would free up space to sign J.J. Watt in addition to other impact players. Yes, Watt would improve their defenses tremendously, but they need help all across the board and not just one position. If the Browns are going to take that next step they need to make improvements at multiple positions and not be laser focused one the defensive end position. Cleveland can live with their current defensive line depth, but that does not apply to their secondary and linebackers.