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J.J. Watt seriously considering joining Browns because of their Kevin Stefanski-led rise, per report

The Browns’ success in 2020 did not result in a Lombardi Trophy, but it could play a role in them acquiring a three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Cleveland’s success last season is one of the reasons J.J. Watt is seriously considering the Browns as one of his options, according to’s Mary Kay Cabot. 

Cleveland’s success last season, its salary cap space, and the culture that Coach of the Year Kevin Stefanski has brought to the organization are among the things that have reportedly caught Watt’s attention. Though he is not looking to break the bank, Watt does want to get properly compensated. The Browns can (and are willing to) do that; they have just under $22 million in cap space to work with. 

In Cleveland, Watt — who was released by the Texans on Friday after a decade in Houston — would join forces with fellow star defensive end Myles Garrett, who earned All-Pro honors in 2020 after recording a team-high 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 14 games. Watt could be signed to replace soon-to-be free agent Olivier Vernon, whose nine sacks last season was the second-highest total on the team. The Browns