One of his former teammates in Houston, Broncos S Kareem Jackson, says that Watson has told him on multiple times he wants to be traded to Denver.
“[When] I signed back, he was like, ‘listen man, tell them I want to be in Denver,'” Jackson said on Aqib Talib’s podcast.
However, Ian Rapoport reports that his understanding is Watson is being recruited by a number of former teammates and players across the league.
While Watson is open to several options, Rapoport doesn’t believe that Denver is definitively where he wants to be.
The 22 lawsuits against Watson for varying degrees of sexual misconduct have jammed up any potential trade for the star quarterback until there’s some kind of resolution.
Had it not been for that, it’s likely Houston would have relented and granted Watson’s trade request before the draft.
Both the NFL and the Houston police have open investigations. Until there’s a resolution there and with his legal situation, Watson’s situation is up in the air.
Watson, 25, was taken in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft out of Clemson by the Texans. He signed a four-year, $13.854 million with the Texans that included a fifth-year option around $17.3 million for the 2021 season.
The Texans signed Watson to a four-year deal worth as much as $177 million heading into the 2020 season, paying him $39 million a year.
In 2020, Watson appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 4,823 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 444 yards and three touchdowns.
We’ll have more on Watson as the news is available.