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All anyone can talk about is Deshaun Watson and Matthew Stafford on the trade market. Considering they’re both franchise quarterbacks, all the non-stop talk makes sense. But where do they end up?
That’s the million dollar question right now.
We’ve seen Watson connected to the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and several others. We’ve also seen teams such as the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints linked to Stafford.
One thing is for sure: these two quarterbacks are going to set off a chain reaction within the quarterback market.
If the Jets or Dolphins get involved, what does that mean for young players such as Sam Darnold or Tua Tagovailoa? How about Jimmy Garoppolo, Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill? Does Jacob Eason factor into any of this? It’s all a big puzzle, and destination matters.
But Mike Klis with 9News in Denver had an interesting take on Thursday. He believes the Broncos might have the top trade-market commodity of any team seeking Watson or Stafford. His name? Drew Lock, the former second-round pick out of Missouri.
Hardly anyone knows whether Lock will eventually grow into an elite, consistent winning quarterback. But just about everyone believes he could.
Lock’s upside makes him arguably the top exchange commodity in what may potentially become a robust veteran QB trade market this offseason. With Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Detroit’s Matthew Stafford available, would Paton be willing to include Lock in any of his potential trade proposals?
Klis acknowledges that Watson’s opinion of Denver matters, due to the no-trade clause in his contract, but Lock is even more affordable than Darnold or Tagovailoa. He was a Day 2 pick, after all.
How are people going to feel about the assertion? I, for one, don’t think it’s as crazy as it might sound. Lock has a gunslinger mentality and a cannon for an arm. Has he locked down all the nuances of the position? No, but there’s plenty of potential. He’s proven that on several occasions.
As unfair as it might be to say, he’s shown way more than Tagovailoa in the NFL. You could say the same for Darnold, too. If Houston or Detroit want a young, ascending quarterback in return, that might be a difference-maker for the Broncos.
With that being said, the Jets and Dolphins both have advantages with multiple first-round picks in 2021. That means they wouldn’t have to mortgage the future as much as a team such as Denver.
Lock might not ever turn into anything more than a low-tier starter, like he was in 2021. But it also wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see a Josh Allen-type of leap at some point in the near future.
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