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The Cleveland Browns Gave Deshaun Watson $230 Million…And He Might Be Suspended For A Year

Deshaun Watson received a hefty contract from the Cleveland Browns this offseason. That choice appears to have the potential to haunt them.



For what feels like an eternity, the Cleveland Browns have been looking for a franchise quarterback. They’ve had a cast of signal-callers come and go, but none of them have remained. Baker Mayfield, a former first-round choice, appeared to be the solution four years ago; in fact, he even helped the Browns win their first playoff game since 1994. However, the partnership soured as a result of some injuries and difficulties, and the Browns were prepared to turn in a new way once more.

The franchise made a significant trade with the Houston Texans in March, exchanging Deshaun Watson and a 2024 sixth-round draft pick for six draft picks, including three first-round picks. The Browns then turned around and gave Watson a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract.

A Texas grand jury had recently decided not to indict Watson for sexual misconduct and other inappropriate behavior while obtaining massage therapy when the Browns made the arrangement. The quarterback was not indicted by a second grand jury, but 24 civil lawsuits were nevertheless brought against him. Twenty of the 24 claims were resolved in June by Watson, who still maintains his innocence. Watson may receive a season-long suspension from the NFL, according to reports.

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The Browns made Watson a lower first-year offer in an effort to prepare for a probable suspension. Although he receives a $8.9 million signing bonus, his base income is only $1,035,000, which is low in comparison to the remainder of the contract. Watson would lose $57,000 for each game he didn’t play.


The Browns’ predicament is a disaster. They are by no means the first sports team to ignore problematic behavior in an effort to bolster their squad. Furthermore, Watson would probably be a step up from the players the squad has had in the last few decades. The team must eventually decide whether the costs are justified.

24 women have filed cases against Watson, and there may be more on the road, as well as women who don’t want to go through the hassle of a lawsuit but have nonetheless gone through a horrible experience. Although Watson has maintained his innocence, there have been a staggering amount of accusations, and since so many people have come forward to accuse him, the public fury seems to be more sustained than in most situations where a player gets into trouble off the field.

The 26-year-old may come back to play quarterback and bring Cleveland a Super Bowl trophy. However, given how Watson’s alleged activities have persisted in the media, a harsher sentence might possibly be meted out. The Browns have made a lot of investments into a very hazy future.