This offseason, he’s turned his efforts toward recruitment. First on his wish list is three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt.
The Houston Texans released the 31-year-old defensive end on Friday after the two reached a mutual agreement to part ways. The move saved the organization from a size-able cap hit and will give Watt a chance to play for a competitor as his career nears its end.
Diggs clearly hopes that the five-time All-Pro will consider Buffalo as he picks through his suitors this offseason. The 2020 leader in receiving yards sent a message to Watt on Twitter soon after his release asking him to “just hear me out real quick big fella.”
@JJWatt just hear me out real quick big fella 😏
— DIGGS (@stefondiggs) February 12, 2021
Diggs isn’t the only one trying to make a pitch to Watt. Cowboys’ pass-rusher Demarcus Lawrence made his own plea to bring the former Defensive Player of the Year to Dallas.
The Bills present a ready-made situation for Watt to plug into and compete for a Super Bowl as soon as next year. Buffalo’s offense became its strength in 2020, thanks to young quarterback Josh Allen, while Leslie Frazier’s defense could use a little help. Although Watt isn’t as dominant as he used to be because of his age and injuries, he could still contribute to a team with championship hopes.
Apart from the Bills, many other teams are expected to make a run at the former Texans defensive end this offseason. Watt will need to consider each situation carefully since he doesn’t have many years left in the tank.
Time will tell if Diggs’ pitch to Watt paid off, or if the veteran defensive end will head elsewhere this spring.