Deshaun Watson, who had requested a transaction from Houston Texans before several lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior are filed against the quarterback, wants to join the Denver Broncos, former teammate Kareem jackson said on a podcast.
“I have a great relationship with Deshaun,” Jackson, who plays for the Broncos, told the former NFL player. Aqib Talib on his “Catch the Fades” podcast. “I’ve been talking to him the last few weeks, man, and all he said to me was, ‘Jack, just tell them, like, this is where I wanna be. “… He said to me, ‘I want to be in Denver.'”
Watson did not show up for the activities of the Houston Volunteer Organized Team. The Texans canceled their mandatory June 15-17 minicamp on Wednesday, meaning Watson cannot be fined for missing spring practice because nothing was mandatory.
He was fined $ 95,877 if he missed a mandatory three-day minicamp.
Jackson, who was Watson’s teammate in Houston during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, told Talib that Watson wanted him to let the Broncos front office know that he was interested in playing for them.
“Listen man, tell them I wanna be in Denver,” Jackson told Watson.
Two months after he requested an exchange because he was apparently unhappy with the way Houston handled the search for his CEO, the first of 23 lawsuits was filed against him. There are currently 22 pending lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate behavior by Watson.
Lawyers are currently going through the discovery phase, and both sides have said there are no settlement discussions. According to the record of the case, if these prosecutions continue, depositions are expected to begin in September. The plaintiffs would be filed with Watson, who cannot be filed until February 22, 2022.
The NFL is conducting its own investigation into the lawsuits.
Watson is expected to earn $ 10.5 million in 2021 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. Due to the contract extension he signed in September 2020, Watson’s salary increases to $ 35 million in 2022.
Sarah Barshop of ESPN contributed to this report.