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Deshaun Watson is protecting his career just like John Elway did in 1983

Musing about the similarities of John Elway’s dispute with the Indianapolis Colts and Deshaun Watson holding out on the Houston Texans

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Just the other day a good friend of mine was discussing the Broncos offseason and the possibility of them trading for Deshaun Watson. He brought up concerns about Watson’s attitude and whether that’s a red flag or not.

My simple reply was, “None of that matters one whit when you are as desperate for a legitimate quarterback as this team is.”

While gathering news for today I was brought back to this subject by the 1983 quotes post from footballoutsiders.com. Of course, I immediately skimmed through looking for quotes about John Elway being drafted and traded and it really made think more about Watson and the concerns about a guy demanding to be traded.

The benefit I have is that I’ve seen this story play out in a very positive way as a core part of my being a fan of the Broncos. John Elway wanted nothing to do with the Colts. That worked out pretty well for John Elway and the Denver Broncos.

I get the idea that honoring a contract you signed is important. I also get the idea that sometimes you have to take drastic measures to protect your career which is what I see when I read about Watson saying he’ll never play another snap for the Texans.

I wish the best for all parties involved honestly...messy situations like this aren’t good for the team, the front office, the player, or the NFL. Even if he doesn’t come to Denver, hopefully Watson gets a fresh start and a real chance to win in the NFL.

There are differences as one was a draft issue and this is a veteran wanting to be traded. We also have the landscape being far different with free agency now. Also, Watson DID just sign a life-changing contract a year ago. What are your thoughts about this, Broncos Country?

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