The latest on the Browns and J.J. Watt, Odell Beckham Jr., David Njoku and Richard Sherman: Browns Insider
CLEVELAND, Ohio — NFL free agency doesn’t officially begin until the start of the league year on March 17, but the frenzy started early when the Texans released three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt on Friday afternoon.
The Browns wasted no time jumping in on the Watt sweepstakes, calling his reps shortly after he was officially let go and doing their diligence. The Browns are one of about a dozen teams that inquired about Watt on the first day, and they’ll have plenty of competition for his services.
For starters, he’d love to play in Pittsburgh with his brother T.J., a fellow pass-rusher, and Derek, a fullback. If the Browns don’t land him, they’ll pursue some of the other premier edge-rushers set to hit the market.
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