Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson confirmed Tuesday that he has been in touch with the representation for J.J. Watt, who was released last week by the Houston Texans after a decade with the franchise.
Robinson indicated that the Titans have a level of interest in the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who turns 32 this season, and could help a Tennessee franchise that had just 19 sacks last season.
“We've had some contact. It's early in the stages. We obviously know his skill set and what he's meant to the Texans, having played against him twice (a year,” Robinson said when asked about Watt.. “We'll just have to see how it goes, like a lot of these guys that are becoming available over the next few weeks We'll just have to kind of see where their interest is and make a determination if it's an avenue that we want to go down, and are we a fit for some of these guys that potentially become available.”
Robinson said he first met Watt when he was still scouting for the New England Patriots in 2011 and Watt was just coming out of college at the University of Wisconsin.
“He probably doesn't remember, but I actually worked him out when I was a scout with Patriots. When he was coming out of college, he pushed me around on a field pretty good for about two hours,” Robinson recalled.
Watt has 101 career sacks, and has been the face of the franchise in Houston for much of his time with the Texans. He had eight sacks in 2020, but was due to make $17 million in 2021, and the Texans and Watt's representation reached a mutual deal to release him so he could sign with a contending team.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, defensive coordinator Shane Bowen and secondary coach Anthony Midget all coached in Houston and are very familiar with Watt as well.