This Broncos-Texans trade would send Deshaun Watson to Denver

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The Denver Broncos are one of the teams that could break out in 2021. If they receive improved play from the quarterback position, they will surprise some teams in the upcoming season. What better way to improve their quarterback play than acquire a talent like Houston Texans superstar Deshaun Watson?

Drew Lock is entering his third season in the NFL. While he has shown flashes of being a franchise quarterback, he has been inconsistent with his performance while also battling injuries.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that the Broncos aren’t necessarily looking to move on from Lock. They weren’t interested in the tier of quarterbacks that Carson Wentz fell into. Instead, if a big name quarterback came available they would be interested.

Deshaun Watson would fall into that category.

While the Texans have remained steadfast in their unwillingness to discuss a trade for their franchise quarterback, the draft moving closer could change their mind. If they do indeed trade Watson, 2021 draft picks and more will be on the table as the Texans have huge demands, and rightfully so.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle laid out just what the Texans would be expecting in return for Watson should they begin negotiations with teams. Two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and two young defensive starters would be the minimum asking price. The Broncos could meet that price.

In this hypothetical deal, the Broncos would receive Watson and the Texans would receive a 2021 first-round pick (No. 9), 2021 second-round pick (No. 40), 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick, safety Justin Simmons, and defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones.

That would be a premium price Denver is paying, but Deshaun Watson is probably worth it. 25-year-old quarterbacks rarely come available and for good reason. If you want to acquire one, you have to pay the price to do so.

Offensively, Denver has a lot of pieces already in place that could be taken to a new level with a star quarterback. They have a strong group of receivers in Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, and KJ Hamler. Noah Fant is a tight end on the rise. Melvin Gordon has dual-threat abilities out of the backfield.

Most importantly, at least from Watson’s standpoint, is Denver offers a massive upgrade on the offensive line. Watson has taken a beating his first four seasons in the league, absorbing 174 sacks in only 54 appearances, 53 of which were starts.

While parting with a player of Watson’s caliber isn’t easy and Houston may never feel as if they are getting market value, Denver presents a solid haul. Simmons is an All-Pro safety, while Jones has been productive despite not even playing 50 percent of snaps in 2020. The Texans would have two pieces to help rebuild their defense around after JJ Watt was released.

The Broncos meet the demands that McClain laid out. They get their franchise quarterback they have been searching for essentially since John Elway retired.

While probably not thrilled they moved on from Watson, the Texans would at least have the assets to then move up in this year’s draft if there is a prospect they have their eyes on or to continue their rebuild after moving on from three franchise icons the last two offseasons.