With the Houston Texans releasing J.J. Watt, he now gets to choose the next team that he gets to play for. Every team, including the Chicago Bears, will be calling to see if he interested in joining their team. While there is no doubt the Bears will have an interest, it is hard to see them being the team that lands the superstar and future Hall of Famer.
There is at least a connection that his wife plays for Chicago, and his family lives in the city. However, the rest make it hard to add up.
Chicago Bears have Bigger Needs Elsewhere
To start, the Chicago Bears would love to have J.J. Watt, but are not necessarily desperate for Watt. Their defensive line is their greatest strength entering the season. They have Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack and are hoping to get Eddie Goldman back, as he is still in his prime. Robert Quinn has not lived up to his contract, but they cannot get out of it this season. Beyond that, they have Bilal Nichols, and chances to re-sign Brent Urban, Barkevious Mingo, and Mario Edwards for cheaper than Watt combined.
If the Bears add to their defense it has to be depth in the secondary and in the form of a coverage linebacker. However, we all know what the Bears actually need to do this offseason. They need to invest heavily on offense.
Watt would be fun in Chicago, but he is a luxury who does not fill the gaps at the true pressing needs. Considering the cost some teams will pay up for him, the wasted assets on the defensive line would really expose holes in the rest of the roster. If Watt wants to play right tackle, then sign him up. Otherwise, it is a tough sell.