Chicago Bears should only consider J.J. Watt if these three things happen

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The Chicago Bears should only add J.J. Watt if he takes a major pay cut

As I stated, J.J. Watt’s current salary for the 2021 season is $17.5 million dollars. Clearly, the Chicago Bears are not going to be able to pay him this amount of money — especially with their current salary cap situation.

Watt was healthy last season after only playing eight games the year before. He finished with five sacks last season despite playing the full year. He played most of the downs too as he saw 91 percent of the Texans’ defensive snaps.

In his shortened 2019 season, Watt finished the year with four sacks. He saw double-digit sacks in 2018 when he finished with 16 and led the league with seven forced fumbles. The fear here is if he will continue to slow down as he ages. However, adding him to the Chicago Bears’ current roster would mean he, Robert Quinn and Khalil Mack could all rotate and limit their snap counts — hopefully preserving and lengthening their careers.

I am only bringing in J.J. Watt if he is willing to play for $7 million dollars or less in AAV per season.