Deshaun Watson trade rumors: Kareem Jackson says Texans QB wants to join Broncos
As the Broncos continue to find themselves linked to the best quarterbacks in the trade market, one has reportedly expressed interest in coming to Denver.
Broncos safety Kareem Jackson told former Denver cornerback Aqib Talib on the Talib podcast “Catchin ‘Fades” that Watson told him Denver was “where I want to be.”
“He likes, ‘I want to be in Denver,’” Jackson said on the podcast.
Watson has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, even though he has been charged with improper contact and sexual assault in more than 20 civil suits filed this year.
Watson has denied the charges while his attorney, Rusty Hardin, has worked to discredit the charges against the quarterback. Before the allegations, the The Texans were reportedly approached by eight different teams ask about him.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapaport said on Twitter that while Denver was a possible place, he didn’t believe Watson wanted to be there. He noted that Watson was recruited by former teammates and other NFL players.
#Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been drafted by former teammates and countless NFL players, and he remains open to several options, including the #Broncos. But I don’t believe Denver is “where it wants to be”. Only one possible place. https://t.co/rTXR4CCVJM
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 9, 2021
During Jackson’s interview with Talib, he said that while going through his own free agent process, Watson asked him where he would sign. When he finally made the decision to quit with Denver, Jackson said Watson told him to tell the team he wanted to join the Broncos.
Talib started the segment by saying he thought Denver would have Watson as a quarterback and said he was seeing “the setup. The straight.”
Denver had been linked with Watson before the charges emerged this offseason and before signing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Last season, Drew Lock started the majority of Broncos games under center as the overall group was arguably the worst in the NFL, placing team last in QBR (72.5), 26th for yards per pass (3451), 25th for pass touchdowns (21) and finished with the most interceptions at 23.
The Broncos remained in the conversation as a possible destination for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers if it is treated from Green Bay.