Buffalo Bills: 3 free agent targets for the 2021 offseason

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

The Buffalo Bills are coming off of their best season since 1993. How can they make 2021 even better?

While their AFC Championship game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was bitter, the Bills and their fans had a lot to smile about in 2020.

For one, starting quarterback Josh Allen entrenched himself at the position with an astounding season. On top of that, Stefon Diggs is happy, healthy and under contract (a rare trifecta of qualities for some past Bills), and the defensive backfield of Tre’Davious White, Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde will return for another season.

Even with all of the optimism in Orchard Park, the team still does have some holes. The defensive line was much maligned last season, as the Bills were porous against the run and could serve to improve their pass rush too. Here are three current free agents that Buffalo could look to target during the 2021 offseason.

Buffalo Bills should make J.J. Watt be an offseason priority

You knew he had to be first.

After asking for a release from the Houston Texans amidst the internal combustion occurring at NRG Stadium, the former Wisconsin Badger will enter free agency for the first time in his career. As you might expect, there are no shortage of suitors.

From former teammate, DeAndre Hopkins imploring him to come to Arizona via Instagram post to T.J. Watt beckoning him to Pittsburgh via Twitter GIF, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is one of the most respected people in the game, both on and off the field.

So it should come as no surprise that the Bills are throwing the hat in the ring too. Well, at least Diggs is.

While Diggs’ original tweet is no longer up, the sentiment remains. J.J. Watt would be a welcome addition to the Bills’ front seven.

He may not be the same player that he was in 2014, but he is cut from the same cloth as greats like Ray Lewis and Luke Kuechly. His 2020 stats tell the story of an aging player, but as cliché as it is, come crunch time, Watt will give you a play when you need it most.