The AFC South continues to be in upheaval Friday with the report that the Houston Texans are releasing long-time face of the franchise J.J. Watt.
Watt's departure continues a downward spiral of star players exiting Houston with Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins previously let go and quarterback Deshaun Watson standing steadfast in his demands for a trade away from the Texans.
Watt wreaked havoc on the Tennessee Titans over the years and has five double digit sack seasons to his credit. He has 101 career sacks.
As Watt sorts through potential suitors for a new team, the Titans are bound to make that list just from Watt's previous connections with head coach Mike Vrabel and defensive coordinator Shane Bowen.
Tennessee also needs help on defense, specifically the pass rush where the Titans had just 19 sacks all season. This is an area where Watt could help, even at age 32 and with only nine sacks combined over his past two seasons.
The most likely rumored destination at the outset of Watt's foray into free agency, however, might be to join his brother T.J., in Pittsburgh and play for the Steelers.
If that happens, it might make free agent edge rusher Bud Dupree more expendable for the Steelers. Dupree who had eight sacks before his season was cut short at 12 games, is coming off ACL surgery. He is one of the players on the free agent wish list that the Titans should consider depending upon his asking price.