Cincinnati Bengals: Stealing one player from each divisional rival

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Bengals- Stealing one player from each divisional rival: T.J. Watt

As much as the orange and black faithful might hate to admit it, there are several intriguing options to steal away from the Steelers. You could go for Minkah Fitzpatrick, who helped generate turnover after turnover for the Pittsburg defense after they traded for him mid-season. The defensive line has a couple of players that are tempting, especially Cameron Hayward. The offensive line has some pieces the Bengals could use, although no single player stands out as elite.

But when things come down to it, T.J. Watt is the selection. Everything in the NFL revolves around the quarterback. Whether it be the signal-caller himself, protecting him, or getting after him, games are won in lost in that regard. There are few players on the level of Watt when it comes to rushing the passer.

The former Wisconsin Badger put himself in consideration for defensive player of the year after racking up an insane stat line that included 14.5 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions.

The Bengals could certainly use a player of his caliber after fielding one of the worst defenses a year ago. Adding Watt to a pass-rushing unit that already holds Carlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Sam Hubbard, and Carl Lawson would be down-right scary and ensure that Cincinnati’s defense is one to be reckoned with.