Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson appears to be determined to get out of Houston and land with a new team this offseason. The star quarterback does have a no trade clause that would keep him from going somewhere he doesn’t want to go, while the Texans could play hardball by fining him for not showing up to training camp and also not trade him. Of course, they can’t force Watson to play, and at 25-years old and money in the bank, he can sit out, causing more problems than the Texans would want to take on.
That being said, reports will continue to come out about which teams Watson would accept a trade, and the most recent report is that the Denver Broncos could be on that list. Watson’s ex-teammate, cornerback Kareem Jackson, says “I had a couple of conversations with him, just with him saying that Denver is a place that’s he’s interested in landing,” per TMZ.
Jackson is likely giving Watson the full-court press and wants to get the Broncos name out there as a possibility, so it’s hard to know how much is Watson versus Jackson driving this news. But, there is also no-doubt that the Broncos are set up well to win if they could get Watson behind center. Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler and Noah Fant have all the potential in the world. Jackson does pay some lip-service to current quarterback Drew Lock, but even if Lock does end up being a quarterback that could take a team to the Super Bowl, he isn’t that right now and Watson very much is.
There have also been reports of Watson looking at the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins as possible landing spots. We’ll likely hear of more moving forward, as Watson is just that special and teams will be willing to do just about anything to bring him into the fold.