The position of the Houston Texans has not changed. New general manager Nick Caserio is not interested in trading disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson, who is a very, very smart player, used all the influence he could by threatening to hold out for the 2021 season if the Texans did not agree to a trade. Caserio could be intending to cut his teeth off GM in a showdown with the three-time Pro Bowler, or he could just be waiting for that offer he can’t refuse.
Maybe the Denver Broncos are the team that blows Caserio’s hair. New general manager George Paton has been a man of his word and has been involved in “all the deals” in the quarterback market this offseason.
With the last QB domino falling in the form of Carson Wentz being traded to Indianapolis, the Broncos’ options for a day one improvement over starting starter Drew Lock have diminished. The good news?
Current betting odds favor the Broncos as leaders in the clubhouse to win the Watson draw, according to FanDuel.
Two things have become clear about the Denver Broncos this offseason: They are looking to dump Drew Lock and are interested in a Deshaun Watson trade. With the Houston Texans quarterback available, Denver could make a big move to land its next franchise star.
This represents a big move for Denver, who was out of the top five in the odds for Watson’s next team just under two weeks ago. However, there is increasing noise linking the quarterback to the Broncos, so it’s no wonder Denver has made its way.
Players’ future odds on FanDuel Sportsbook (only available in Colorado) continue to support a trade from Watson to Denver. Their odds rose to +300 just a couple of days ago, and they’re on the move again. The Broncos are now the favorites to get Watson at +150.
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Meanwhile, veteran Houston win writer John McClain refuted the idea that Denver is the favorite to land Watson.
“I guarantee you the Denver Broncos will not get Deshaun Watson from the Texans,” McClain said earlier this week during an appearance at KOARadio in Denver.
Time will tell. McClain sees the New York Jets, and that first-round multiplayer team’s nest egg, as the true leader in landing Watson.
Meanwhile, Lock is listening to all the rumors and watching his new GM openly go after literally every veteran quarterback available on the market.
The word on the street is that the third-year caller struggles to block out the noise, keeping his head down and his nose on the whetstone at Broncos headquarters. It would be a huge surprise to see a tectonic quarterback shift change Denver’s path this offseason.
The most likely scenario, considering that head coach Vic Fangio is in a ‘win or else’ season, is that Paton ends up having to settle for a free agent like Andy Dalton, Jacoby Brissett or Ryan Fitzpatrick, and runs it from back with Lock for another year.
As attractive as a quarterback may be in the April NFL draft, a rookie will not save Fangio, or the Broncos, from whatever fate awaits them in 2021. If Watson is not available, or (even less likely) Russell Wilson, there is a clear chance that Paton and Fangio will see Lock as the quarterback to give the Broncos their best chance of winning at 202.
After all, this would be Lock’s second year in offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s scheme, and his 18 starts in the NFL have given him a more than solid display of exposure to the league and its best defenses. If Denver loses in sensational quarterback trades this spring, don’t be surprised to see Paton run with Lock.
And when that happens, don’t be surprised to see Lock show marked improvement and win some ball games for Fangio and Shurmur, who are in the hot seat.
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