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Buffalo Bills: Making the case for and against signing J.J. Watt

HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 04: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans reacts in the first half of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JANUARY 04: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans reacts in the first half of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 26: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 26: J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Making the case for the Buffalo Bills signing J.J. Watt

On the surface, the case for signing J.J. Watt is pretty easy. The pass rusher was the 11th overall pick by the Houston Texans in 2011 and had an excellent career over that time with the Texans.

He has 101 career sacks and had 15 or more sacks in five seasons with a career high of 20.5 sacks in a season, which he accomplished twice in 2012 and 2014. He has won numerous awards including three Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015), five time Pro Bowler, five selections to first-team All-Pro and three selections to second-team All-Pro.

The Buffalo Bills are undoubtedly in a win-now mode after making the AFC Championship Game so a veteran like Watt makes sense. The front office last offseason didn’t have any concerns signing veteran Mario Addison, who was 33 years at the time, so Watt being 31 shouldn’t create too much concern knowing what the goal for this franchise is next year.