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Oddsmakers don’t believe ex-Texans defender J.J. Watt will join the Patriots

Related: Why the Patriots and J.J. Watt could be a perfect match

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The Houston Texans parted ways with the best player in franchise history on Friday, releasing veteran defensive end J.J. Watt after 10 seasons with the club. The move naturally created plenty of speculation about where the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year would end up, and the New England Patriots were also mentioned as a possible destination.

However, as the latest odds released by DraftKings Sportsbook show, the Patriots are only given an outside chance to acquire Watt in free agency. New England has only the 11th best odds in the league at the moment:

Pittsburgh Steelers: +400

Green Bay Packers: +900

Buffalo Bills: +1000

Seattle Seahawks: +1000

Las Vegas Raiders: +1100

Miami Dolphins: +1100

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: +1100

Indianapolis Colts: +1200

Kansas City Chiefs: +1300

Tennessee Titans: +1300

New England Patriots: +1400

Watt and the Patriots appear to be a natural fit on the surface — from the position need, to his skillset in their scheme, to the salary cap potency — but other clubs have to be considered the frontrunners at the moment. That does also not mean a union won’t happen, of course, only that you could make a lot of money if it did.