ODDSMAKERS: Chicago Bears Among Favorites to Land JJ Watt

One of the biggest dominoes to the NFL offseason fell Friday morning when NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Houston Texans were releasing All-Pro defensive lineman JJ Watt, allowing him to test the free agency waters for the first time in his career.

The Chicago Bears immediately come to mind as a potential landing spot for the standout defensive player due to the city ties to his wife, Kealia Watt, who plays for the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars. Could we see the sports power couple both putting their talents on the center stage in the Windy City? Oddmakers do believe there’s a handful of teams with better odds to land JJ, leaving the Bears with the 10th best odds.

The name atop the list, the Green Bay Packers, is the last thing any Bears fan wants to see. Watt was a Wisconsin Badger and grew up in the Milwaukee suburbs. Past that nightmare scenario, the Steelers sit with the second best odds as both of Watt’s brothers currently suit up in the black and yellow.

So as we wait, many big questions remain: Will he value going to a contender? Does he want to play with his brothers? Does he want to be closer to his wife? Only time will tell…or if Ryan Pace will even pick up the phone.

Stephen Johnson

Host of ChiCitySports’ The Bear Front podcast, Stephen previously spent 8 years with ESPN Radio and as a TV reporter. He is an avid fantasy sports player and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago’s 670am The Score.

2 thoughts on “ODDSMAKERS: Chicago Bears Among Favorites to Land JJ Watt

  • February 12, 2021 at 12:52 PM
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    Please ryan pick up the phone and sign this man our defense would be scary good!

  • February 12, 2021 at 2:43 PM
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    yes pace sign jj an our d could take us to the superb owl by itself

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