Deshaun Watson will join Cleveland for five years and is guaranteed $230 million – an NFL record – despite reports that the Texan defender is not currently interested in joining the Browns franchise later negotiations earlier this week, according to Adam Schefter. In return, the Texans will receive the first three picks and two additional picks.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield took a spin this week, as the Browns pulled the rug off him multiple times in a row regarding his future with the franchise, but it seems like a commercial claim Trade that was declined just a few days ago can be granted to Mayfield now.
Watson has sat out the entire 2021-22 season as a healing scratch after being accused of sexual misconduct and assault by 22 different women. After prosecutors decided not to indict Watson, he still faces 22 civil lawsuits, but the NFL apparently decided that wasn’t bad enough for it, as the teams moved forward, act like everything is fineoffers Watson a guaranteed salary that sets a record.
Watson’s base salary for 2022 will be $1 million, allowing him to mitigate his financial loss should he, in fact, face a suspension from the tournament. His signing bonus was $45 million. His contract is nearly $80 million more than the $150.7 million guaranteed Aaron Rodgers will receive from the Packers.
While the NFL can (and should) technically investigate the claims against Watson and suspend him as it sees fit, Watson’s talent will likely prevent him from the league’s consequences, like backed by $230 million and the Browns’ multiple first-round draft picks are ready and available to offer.
It’s a disappointing, if not unexpected, development in Watson’s saga, much of which will likely be forgotten if he can lead the Browns to the knockout stages. The Browns offered a five-year contract, with $184 million paid out over the first four years – a huge increase over his current contract with Houston.