The Houston Texans will almost certainly trade Deshaun Watson sooner rather than later. As was made abundantly clear in the dramatic saga that unfolded between James Harden and the Houston Rockets, when a star wants out, regardless of the league, he will eventually get his wish.
Watson no longer wants to be a member of the Texans – creating an untenable situation that will need a concrete resolution before the start of next season. The easiest possible way to fix this problem? A trade.
To date, Watson has been very closely linked to two teams. Beyond that, three ‘sleepers’ are hovering in the background, waiting to pounce should he right deal present itself. And finally, Watson was mentioned in a blockbuster transaction involving four teams and Aaron Rodgers, but it remains to be seen how viable that actually is.
At this juncture, Watson seems more or less willing to join up with any team that isn’t the Texans – with one notable exception.
According to Woody Paige of the Colorado Springs Gazette, Watson has zero interest in joining the Denver Broncos.
“What I was told days ago by a trusted NFL source was Watson had zero interest in Denver and Stafford wanted warm weather,” he wrote. “Someone should tell him Denver has 300 days of sunshine. Don’t mention the other 65.”
Patrick Mahomes’ lame brother tried to steal someone’s girlfriend and learned a valuable lesson in the process.https://t.co/OK7Nh5SMdR
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 28, 2021
What’s interesting about this is that, on paper, the Broncos have way more talent than any of the other teams on Watson’s “preferred” list. With a competent quarterback, Denver could really make a mark in the AFC West.
Of course, the obvious addendum to that is the fact that “making a mark” in the AFC West still means being second-best to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, which is likely the real reason Watson wants no part of the Broncos.
Now we know what motivates Gronk to play so hard. https://t.co/xFnKnjoXQ4
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 24, 2021
Why go to the AFC West and get owned on a consistent basis by Mahomes and Co. when you can simply go to the AFC East and hope that Josh Allen reverts to his old form?
One way or another, Watson is getting traded soon. Where he ultimately ends up will have massive ramifications for the rest of the NFL.