Many NFL teams are currently pitching their franchise to one of the greatest defensive players in league history, J.J. Watt. For the first time in his career, Watt will no longer be on the Houston Texans, as he and the team have decided to part ways. So, there has recently been a ton of speculation regarding where Watt will play in 2021. One team that many people have discussed as a great option for J.J. Watt is the Cleveland Browns. A celebrity Browns fan just put Watt on notice, too. That fan is WWE superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin.
J.J. Watt is moving on from the Houston Texans
J.J. Watt ultimately became one of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game with the Houston Texans.
During his time in Houston, he led the NFL in sacks twice and recorded 20.5 sacks in two different seasons. Watt also had 16 sacks or more in four seasons. In total, Watt has ultimately recorded 101 sacks in his career, which has helped him earn five Pro Bowl and five First-Team All-Pro selections. He has also won three Defensive Player of the Year awards.
While the Texans have had some successful seasons with Watt, they were one of the worst teams in the NFL in 2020. This appears to be a reason why Watt and the Texans mutually agreed to part ways this offseason, which has since led to a free-agent frenzy for his services.
WWE superstar The Miz recruits J.J. Watt to the Browns
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is a star in the WWE world. Before he became a celebrity, though, he was born in Parma, Ohio, and became a Browns fan, according to ESPN.
“Bernie [Kosar] is my first recollections of the Browns and of a quarterback,” he said in 2019, according to ESPN. “I’m too young to remember Jim Brown.”
The Miz’s fandom has led to him recently sending out a message to J.J. Watt.
“You wanna win a Super Bowl? You want a team with a winning mentality?” The Miz said on the Feb. 19 episode of SportsNation. “Are you sick and tired of losing and losing upon losing? Do you want a city that is behind you 100 percent? You did wonders, amazing things for the Houston Texans — for the city of Houston — and you’ve done so many charities; I’ve watched you raise money for this city. You know what other city would love to have you that would embrace everything that J.J. Watt has? And not only that; you get to go against your brother and beat your brother down twice a year.”
He continued: “How much can we offer you? Whatever you need, we got it. We got the money. We got the draft picks; we’ve got everything that you need, that Cleveland needs to win a Super Bowl. Come to Cleveland, J.J. Watt, and you too will be awesome — and have a Super Bowl ring.”
Well, that was a passionate pitch. So, would J.J. Watt fit on the Browns?
J.J. Watt could make the Browns Super Bowl contenders
The Cleveland Browns proved in 2020 that they are the real deal. They went 11-5, won a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and then gave the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs a tough game in the divisional round.
Cleveland’s offense is pretty much set at the skill positions. Their running game led them in 2020 with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and they, of course, have Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, and (hopefully) Odell Beckham Jr. in the passing game.
That defense, though, could use some help. It struggled at times throughout the year, but, when healthy, looked as if it could be successful. J.J. Watt, along with First-Team All-Pro Myles Garrett, could make the Browns’ defense an excellent unit, which would make Cleveland instant Super Bowl contenders.
It’s unclear what team he is leaning toward, but J.J. Watt should maybe listen to that WWE star, the Miz, and take his talents to the Cleveland Browns. It wouldn’t just be beneficial for the city of Cleveland, but it could also be great for him.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference