Deshaun Watson: Trade rumors to Denver Broncos and the AFC West

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

A new Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson rumor is he could be interested in being traded to the Denver Broncos, and the AFC West.

If a trade is made for the quarterback by the Broncos that would mean that Deshaun Watson would join not only the AFC West, but enter a division led by Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

That said, if Watson wants to be traded to the Broncos and have to face the Chiefs — who are in the Super Bowl this Sunday — twice a season, well he must really want to be traded away from the Texans, and their front office.

All-time, the Texans quarterback Watson is 1-2 against Mahomes and the Chiefs, losing the last two meetings, including a Divisional Playoff loss for the 2019 season, otherwise known as the most painful loss in Houston Texans history. It also must be said Watson played well in those games as well.

The trade rumor of Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson wanting to go to Denver comes from TMZ Sports as they interviewed Kareem Jackson, a current Broncos player and former Texans defensive back. Here is what TMZ Sports wrote in quoting Jackson this week:

"“I had a couple of conversations with him,” Jackson said of Watson. “Just with him saying that Denver is a place that’s he’s interested in landing.”"

We all know what the Broncos would have to give up in a trade for Watson, and it wouldn’t be cheap, plus do the Broncos even want to trade that much for a franchise quarterback? They’ve attempted to find a quarterback since Peyton Manning retired, and things just haven’t worked out well for them in the draft or free agency.

So the educated guess is … yes, the Broncos would want to do what it takes in a trade situation to secure Watson as their next quarterback. If the Broncos would make a trade for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson what would a trade look like?

As always the Texans in a trade of Watson should demand no less than three first round picks from any team, as that should always be the foundation for a franchise quarterback such as Deshaun Watson. The Broncos have the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Next there needs to be a second round choice in the mix. Yes, this is demanding a lot for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, but lets be honest, how often does a QB in their prime become available in a possible trade offer?

The Texans should also receive a player or two in the trade as well, possibly Drew Lock at quarterback. For starters, Deshaun Watson is demanding this trade, not the other way around, and the Texans themselves would need a quarterback ready to play in 2021.

The Houston Texans front office would have to be complete fools to actually want to trade their franchise quarterback, so the price has to be steep if a team, especially in the same conference, wants to trade for him.

Houston in any trade situation must fight for the upper hand and not fold for just any deal. If the Broncos want to trade for a quarterback who has proven to be able to battle the Chiefs and Mahomes in each of the past two seasons, then they must trade high-value future draft picks.

In all honestly, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is probably interested in a lot of teams, and a lot of teams are most likely interested in the QB as well. The Texans do have a big decision to make, and there are most likely other teams who can make a better trade offer than Denver.

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Houston has continued to say they want Deshaun Watson to stay with the franchise, but it seems like Watson doesn’t share those feelings, and wants traded to the team of his choice. If that team is the Broncos, or if the Texans will even trade him is the true story in this wild start to the offseason so far.