As the Broncos continue to be linked to the best quarterbacks in the commercial market, one has expressed 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 is “where I want to be.”
“He likes, ‘I want to be in Denver,'” Jackson said on the podcast.
Watson has been the subject of business rumors throughout the offseason, including as he has been accused of inappropriate contact and sexual assault in more than 20 civil lawsuits filed this year.
Watson has denied the allegations while his attorney, Rusty Hardin, has worked to discredit the allegations against the quarterback. Before the allegations, eight different teams were reported to have approached Texans asking about him.
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NFL Network reporter Ian Rapaport said on Twitter that while Denver is a possible place, he didn’t think Watson wanted to be there. He noted that Watson has been drafted by former teammates and other NFL players.
#Texans QB Deshaun Watson has been drafted by former teammates and countless players throughout the NFL, and remains open to various options, including the #Brunches. But I don’t think 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 that he wanted to join the Broncos.
Talib began the segment by saying he thought Denver would have Watson at quarterback and said he sees “the setup. The straight line.”
Denver had been linked to Watson before the allegations surfaced this offseason and before signing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Last season, Drew Lock started the majority of games for the Broncos under center, as the group overall was arguably the worst in the NFL, ranking last on the QBR team (72.5), 26 in passing yards ( 3,451), 25 in passing touchdowns (21) and finished with the most interceptions at 23.
The Broncos have remained in the conversation as a possible destination for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers if he is traded from Green Bay.