Deshaun Watson Commerce Rumors: Kareem Jackson Says Texan’s QB plans to affix Broncos
With the Broncos remaining affiliated with the top quarterbacks in the trading market, there have been reports of interest in coming to Denver.
Broncos Safety Kareem Jackson told former Denver cornerback Aqib Talib on Talib’s “Catchin ‘Fades” podcast 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 off-season, despite facing charges of improper contact and sexual assault in more than 20 civil lawsuits this year.
Watson has denied the allegations while his attorney Rusty Hardin has worked to discredit the allegations made against the quarterback. Prior to the allegations, the Texans were reportedly approached by eight different teams who asked about him.
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NFL network reporter Ian Rapaport said on Twitter that while Denver is a possible place, he doesn’t think Watson wanted to be there. He noted that Watson was being recruited from former teammates and other NFL players.
#Texans QB Deshaun Watson has been recruited by former teammates and countless players across the NFL and remains open to multiple options, including the #Broncos. But I don’t think Denver is “where it wants to be”. Just one possible place. https://t.co/rTXR4CCVJM
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 9, 2021
During Jackson’s interview with Talib, he said while going through his own free agent process he was asked by Watson where he would sign. When he finally made the decision to step down with Denver, Jackson said Watson told him to tell the team he wanted to join the Broncos.
Talib started the segment by saying that he thought Denver would have Watson as quarterback and saying that he “sees the setup. The line straight”.
Denver had been linked to Watson before the allegations surfaced that off-season and before quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was signed. Last season, Drew Lock started the majority of games for the Broncos under the middle, as the overall group was arguably the worst in the NFL) and ended with the most interceptions at 23.
The Broncos have remained under discussion as a possible target for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers if he is dealt with from Green Bay.