Watson, the Texans’ Pro Bowl quarterback, wants the team that drafted him in 2017 to trade him elsewhere. The Texans have publicly committed to keeping Watson in Houston and attempting to fix the relationship.
That’s not what ex-Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson wants to hear. In fact, Jackson may have just spoiled where Watson is going to play the 2021 season.
Deshaun Watson and the Texans are locked in a standoff
In short, Watson is very frustrated with the Texans’ organization. Houston has alienated Watson by making several divisive moves, including trading All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, over the last year.
Watson reportedly told the Texans he wanted them to pursue Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy as a head coach. Houston held off on interviewing Bieniemy at first before the two sides finally met virtually in January.
Houston instead hired Ravens assistant David Culley as the fourth full-time head coach in team history.
Ex-Texan Kareem Jackson went public about Watson’s future
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As of publication, the Broncos hadn’t agreed to trade for Watson. Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson, who played with Watson in Houston, said Watson is intrigued by the idea of joining him in Denver.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Jackson explained why he thinks Watson could wear a Broncos uniform in 2021.
“It doesn’t matter what I do. I had a couple of conversations with him, you know, just with him saying that Denver is a place that he’s interested in landing. … Everybody [knows] the type of talent that he possesses; we know what type of guy he is. It’ll be nice to have him, but we’ll see what happens.”
Denver would likely need to trade young quarterback Drew Lock, a second-round pick in 2019, to the Texans in any possible deal for Watson. Lock completed 57.3% of his passes for 2,933 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions across 13 starts.
After praising Watson, Jackson pivoted to sharing kind words about Lock and his future in the NFL.
“We think highly of Drew,” Jackson said. “Drew’s a great guy; he’s great in the locker room. He’s becoming a leader right before our eyes. He has all the tools.”
Jerry Jeudy also hinted he wants to play with Deshaun Watson
Kareem Jackson seemingly isn’t the only Denver Broncos player interested in playing with Deshaun Watson.
Broncos receiver Jerry Jeudy appeared on ESPN Radio’s Bart and Hahn on February 4. At one point in the interview, Jeudy addressed the Broncos’ quarterback situation and lent his own input.
The Associated Press transcribed Jeudy’s comments.
“It would be exciting to have Deshaun Watson there. You know he’s a great quarterback. He’s had a great career at Houston. We are looking forward to a decision.”
Neither Drew Lock nor the Broncos had addressed Jeudy’s comments as of publication.
Denver has not made the playoffs since winning Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. Having a franchise quarterback like Deshaun Watson in the mix would certainly help, especially while in the same division as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.