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Report: Broncos to pursue Deshaun Watson if Texans decide to move him

The Denver Broncos could look to upgrade their quarterback spot heading into next season.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) passes the ball against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

We can add the Denver Broncos to the list of teams, who are interested in possibly acquiring Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason.

Troy Renck of ABC7 in Denver reported on Monday that the Broncos will pursue the Pro Bowl quarterback if the Texans decide to trade him. He also added that Denver is not in on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and that current starter Drew Lock understands that he needs to play better to keep the starting job.

Coincidentally, this is not the first time that we’ve heard Watson connected to the Broncos over the last few weeks. Last month, Broncos safety Kareem Jackson told TMZ Sports that Watson is interested playing in Denver. Jackson spent a couple of seasons with Watson in Houston.

Adding Watson would make the Broncos an instant threat in the AFC West. Lock has had an interesting first two seasons in the NFL, filled with some talented moments but also puzzling throws. This season, the former Mizzou signal caller completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.

In an AFC West division that features Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Derek Carr, the Broncos cannot afford Lock to be average or slightly above average. They need him to at least have 25-30 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions next season. If he does those things, then the Broncos will be in good shape. But if Lock cannot accomplish these feats, Denver will be back next offseason searching for their franchise QB.