Cleveland Browns News: What are the chances of signing J.J. Watt?

The Daily Dawg Tags bring you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including their chances of landing J.J. Watt in free agency

Even before he became a free agent, the Cleveland Browns were being linked to J.J. Watt. The former three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year happens to play a position of need for the Browns, and could be exactly what they need to push their defense over the top.

Then last week, Watt requested his release from the Houston Texans and they agreed to let him go. That led to even more rumors that Cleveland could pull out all the stops to try and lure him to Northeast Ohio.

But how realistic is it to get Watt to join the Browns? He will have many suitors, including Pittsburgh where his brothers play, so it will be tough to convince him to join Cleveland.

That doesn’t mean it would be impossible, and Mary Kay Cabot’s latest article looks at how possible it is to land Watt. That story and more can be found in today’s Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns News

What are the Browns’ chances of signing J.J. Watt? Hey, Mary Kay! — Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland.com

“I think Watt’s first choice would be to play with his brothers, T.J. and Derek Watt, in Pittsburgh. I think he’d probably even take a family discount to do so. But if the Steelers, who currently have a cap deficit of almost $30 million, can’t work out the money, I think the Browns will be right in the mix to sign him. They check off plenty of the boxes on Watt’s list for his new team.”

In addition to the Steelers, the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans are also expected to go after Watt. It won’t be easy, but he would be worth it.

Tom Seipel, Cleveland Browns fan who had wish to watch team clinch playoff berth realized, dies at 39 — Jake Trotter, ESPN

“Tom Seipel, the Cleveland fan who got to see his team play one final time with the help of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, has died at the age of 39.”

Baker Mayfield took some time to meet with Seipel during the playoffs in one of the more touching moments of the season. We here at DPD send our thoughts and condolences to Seipel’s family. Thank you for encouraging us all.

J.J. Watt Ideal For Browns Defense, But If Not Him, Do Browns Have a Type? — Pete Smith, Browns Digest

“The Cleveland Browns are one of the teams that are interested in defensive end J.J. Watt, but if they don’t get him, what style of defensive end do they want in this defense?”

Smith looks at what the Browns could do if they don’t land Watt.

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After a strong 2020 campaign, the Browns are now one of the top teams heading into the 2021 season and Cody Williams of NFL Spin Zone has them as his No. 1 dark-horse Super Bowl contender.

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