Bills reportedly among leaders to land J.J. Watt in free agency

NFL insider John Clayton says three teams are leading candidates to sign Watt this offseason

Former Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt looks to be zeroing in on his final destination in the coming weeks, with three contenders rumored to be in the lead for the 31-year-old.

According to NFL insider John Clayton, there are three leading teams to land Watt this offseason, but those teams are by no means the "final three" in contention. The Buffalo Bills are one of those teams that Clayton mentioned while speaking with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, in addition to the Tennessee Titans and the Green Bay Packers.

"I think it’s going to be Tennessee, Buffalo, or Green Bay. Probably more Tennessee or Green Bay," Clayton said.

Clayton later clarified on Twitter on Wednesday that Watt has not narrowed his list of teams down yet, while also adding the Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders are among, at least, a dozen teams after him.

Originally thought to be leaning towards the Pittsburgh Steelers due to his family connections with the team (brothers T.J. Watt and Derek Watt), Watt could be making his choice between three likely Super Bowl contenders for the 2021 season.

ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Russini tweeted on Thursday that Watt has received several offers from teams around the league, and the best offer he's received is between $15 and $16 million per-year.

Watt left the Texans as, arguably, the greatest player in franchise history, being named First-Team All-Pro five times, winning the NFL's AP Defensive Player of the Year award three times, and twice finishing as the NFL's leader in sacks in 2012 and 2015.

Watt also won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2017, and was named to both the Sporting News' NFL All-Decade team for the 2010's, as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame's All-2010s team.

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