NFL Rumors: Broncos Could Trade Drew Lock, Patrick Surtain II, Tim Patrick & Draft Picks For Deshaun Watson

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Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is one of the NFL players who are frequently mentioned in various trade rumors. Six months after he demanded a trade from the Texans, Watson's desire to leave Houston hasn't changed, especially now that the team is expected to undergo a rebuilding process. At first, the Texans were hesitant to move Watson, saying that they still viewed him as part of their long-term future.

However, after a number of civil lawsuits were recently filed against him, the Texans suddenly have a change of heart about keeping him on their roster.

Deshaun Watson To Denver Broncos

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Despite the controversies that he's currently involved in, Watson is still expected to receive strong interest in the trade market. According to Mike Bullock of SB Nation's Battle Red Blog, one of the NFL teams that may consider trading for the veteran quarterback is the Denver Broncos.

The Broncos may currently have one of the best rosters in the league, but they still need a major upgrade at the quarterback position. Bullock believes that trading for Watson would turn the Broncos from a playoff team into a legitimate Super Bowl contender in the 2021 NFL season.

Proposed Trade To Acquire Deshaun Watson

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Though Watson's departure seems inevitable, the Texans aren't planning to trade him just for the sake of getting him out of Space City. To convince them to engage in a blockbuster trade this summer, interested teams should be ready to pay the Texans the king's ransom for Watson.

In his article, Bullock came up with a hypothetical trade idea that would allow the Broncos to acquire Watson from the Texans before the start of the 2021 NFL season. In the proposed trade scenario, the Broncos would be sending a package that includes Drew Lock, Patrick Surtain II, Tim Patrick, 2022 and 2023 first-round picks, and a 2022 second-round pick to the Texans in exchange for Watson.

Why The Texans Would Make The Trade

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The proposed trade deal would make a lot of sense for the Texans, especially if they want to focus on the development of their young core. By sending Watson to Denver, the Texans would be receiving two young and promising talents in Lock and Surtain II, together with three future draft assets.

"The return for Houston has considerable upside," Bullock wrote. "Lock would be a flier to develop at quarterback along with Davis Mills in 2021. Patrick Surtain profiles as a lockdown cornerback on a rookie deal. Tim Patrick is incredibly underrated and starting-caliber, but also won’t break the bank to extend if they choose."

Deshaun Watson Would Love To Be Traded To The Broncos

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Though it remains unknown if there's an ongoing negotiation between the Texans and the Broncos right now, Watson would definitely love to be traded to Mile High City. In an appearance on Sports Center, NFL insider Jeremy Fowler revealed that the veteran quarterback has long been "intrigued" by the idea of playing for the Broncos.

"Don’t sleep on Denver here because I have been told that Watson has long been intrigued by the Broncos. They have good options on offense and Denver is believed to be one of the teams that’s, from afar, monitoring the quarterback landscape around the league," Fowler said, as quoted by Yardbarker.