J.J. Watt's 'Mitochondria' Tweet Prompts NFL Free Agency Speculation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2021

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2021, file photo, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) waves to fans as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Houston. Watt is gone from the Texans and Deshaun Watson wants out, too. The Texans have been making plenty of headlines this offseason. Not one has been good. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)
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Free agency conspiracy theorists are having a field day with J.J. Watt's recent tweets, believing that they have figured out where the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year will sign.

"Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell," Watt wrote in his latest tweet posted on Tuesday: 

JJ Watt @JJWatt

Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.

That tweet comes after Watt has posted images online of a footprint in snow and his puppies enjoying leisure time with a soccer game on the television. 

A Twitter user named Tina Anderson believes all of these posts add up to suggest that Watt is going to sign with the Buffalo Bills:

Tina Anderson @fifty1swiftie

@TheUltimateSpo3 @JJWatt Snows a lot in Buffalo Color of Bills Uniform are blue with a little Red Wild Bill Mitochondria Research Center located in Buffalo I've been a Taylor Swift fan for a while - decoding skills are a must. lol I have no idea - but I'd like to see him in GB 🤣

Jeremy White of WGR 550 Radio in Buffalo also pointed out a connection between the word "mitochondria" and the Bills:

Jeremy White @JeremyWGR

Mitochondria as the same number of letters as Buffalo Bills. https://t.co/3HmpImdyog

The Bills are among the teams that have been connected to Watt since he was released by the Houston Texans on Feb. 12. 

ESPN's Ed Werder reported that same day that at a dozen teams had shown interest in signing Watt, including the Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans. 

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Watt is looking to join a Super Bowl contender. 

All four of the teams mentioned above as having interest made the playoffs last season. The Bills came within one win of playing in Super Bowl LV and will be bringing back most of the core that won the AFC East with a 13-3 record in 2020. 

Time will tell if the internet sleuths analyzing Watt's social media activity are proven right. 


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