On Friday, Mark Maske of The Washington Post reported that the NFL could seek a “significant” full-season suspension for Watson.
Watson’s status for the 2022 regular season has been a major talking point for the past few months.
When the Cleveland Browns acquired Watson in a trade, they gave him a new contract that effectively protects him (and them) from losing money due to a suspension. As a result, even if Watson misses the entire season, he alone will lose $1 million in total earnings.
Earlier this week, ProFootballTalk reported that the NFLPA was expected to mount an aggressive defense on Watson’s behalf.
The 26-year-old Watson was traded from the Texans to the Browns last offseason and proceeded to sign a five-year, $230 million contract that was fully guaranteed. He has been sued by more than 20 Houston-area massage therapists for alleged sexual misconduct.
A recent New York Times bombshell revealed that Watson used “at least” 66 different massage therapists in a 17-month period between 2019 and 2021.
Two Texas grand juries decided not to bring criminal charges against Watson.
If Watson is suspended for the season, the Browns technically still have Baker Mayfield on their roster. But actually putting him at quarterback would be pretty awkward, given everything that’s happened this offseason.