Deshaun Watson, who had requested a commerce from the Houston Texans earlier than a number of lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct have been filed towards the quarterback, needs to hitch the Denver Broncos, former teammate Kareem Jackson stated on a podcast.
“I’ve acquired an ideal relationship with Deshaun,” Jackson, who performs for the Broncos, informed former NFL participant Aqib Talib on his “Catchin’ Fades” podcast. “I have been speaking to him the final couple of weeks, man, and like, all he is been telling me is like, ‘Jack, simply inform ’em, like, that is the place I need to be.’ … He is like, ‘I need to be in Denver.'”
Watson hasn’t proven up for Houston’s voluntary organized group actions. The Texans on Wednesday canceled their June 15-17 necessary minicamp, that means Watson cannot be fined for lacking any spring exercises as a result of nothing was necessary.
He would have been topic to a $95,877 effective if he had missed a compulsory three-day minicamp.
Jackson, who was a teammate of Watson’s in Houston in the course of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, informed Talib that Watson needed him to let the Broncos’ entrance workplace know that he is desirous about enjoying for them.
“Pay attention, man, inform them I need to be in Denver,” Jackson stated Watson informed him.
Two months after asking for a commerce as a result of he reportedly wasn’t proud of the best way Houston dealt with the seek for its normal supervisor, the primary of 23 lawsuits was filed towards him. There are presently 22 energetic lawsuits alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct by Watson.
Attorneys are going via the invention section, and either side have stated there are not any settlement discussions. In response to the docket for the case, if these lawsuits proceed to trial, depositions are set to start in September. The plaintiffs can be deposed earlier than Watson, who cannot be deposed earlier than Feb. 22, 2022.
The NFL is conducting its personal investigation into the lawsuits.
Watson is scheduled to make $10.5 million in 2021 on the fifth-year choice of his rookie contract. Due to the contract extension he signed in September 2020, Watson’s wage jumps to $35 million in 2022.
The Broncos presently have quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock on their roster, whereas Houston has Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills.
ESPN’s Sarah Barshop contributed to this report.