Aaron Rodgers remains the most prominent superstar quarterback demanding a trade, but it looks like Deshaun Watson is working behind the scenes to end up in the place most expect Rodgers to land.
Broncos safety Kareem Jackson appeared on Aqib Talib's podcast today and said he spoke with Watson, who told Jackson he wants to play for the Broncos.
I got a great relationship with Deshaun and I've been talking to him the last couple of weeks man and like all he's been tell me is like 'look Jack just tell em like that's [the Broncos] where I want to be.' He's like, 'that's where I want to be.'
Jackson played with Watson in Houston for two seasons and has played for the Broncos the last two. Presumably he's not making this up. That Jackson told the media this detail is surprising. But Watson might have asked him to do so in order to facilitate a deal. Remember, Watson was the first quarterback to demand a trade and hasn't backed off his desire to leave Houston since.
Of course, Watson is currently mired in a serious legal issue where he's been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple female massage therapists. We haven't heard much more on the situation since the women went public, but the presumption around the league is Watson, regardless of what happens in the legal system, is facing a lengthy suspension for violating the personal conduct policy. Until his legal situation becomes clear, the expectation is he won't be traded.
Meanwhile, Rodgers still wants out of Green Bay and the top reported destination for him to land is Denver. The Packers have made it clear they have no intention on trading Rodgers, leaving the Broncos in a position where they're expected to begin the season with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater as their top two quarterbacks.
The Broncos have the sixth-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +1500 (bet $100 to win $1,500). That's high considering their current quarterback situation, but if Jackson's words lead to a big move for Watson, that may seem like a steal...assuming Watson is allowed to play in 2021.