June 9, 2022
Deshaun Watson: Where we are Now
There are a lot of question marks coming into OTAs and many teams are feeling the summer heat to get their 90-man rosters in order before training camp. No one is feeling the heat like the Browns as a messy QB situation starts to unfold. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson made his first reps in a brown’s jersey while Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is looking to land on a new team. Watson was hit with fresh allegations soon after his debut with the team and on the heels of his new $230,000,000 contract, nonetheless.
Watson, a storied QB with a who entered the league on fire, with a legendary national championship campaign with the 2016 Clemson tigers. Watsons last college performance included 36 of 56 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns against Alabama, the nation's top-ranked defense, including the last-second game-winning pass to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. Deshawn ended a three-decade national championship route for the Tigers, ignited a dynasty and was drafted 12th overall by the Texans.
Watson would soon take the NFL by storm. Hampered by an ACL tear his rookie year he only started 6 games. Watson then went into the next year with a vengeance. In his second season, he recorded over 4,000 yards passing behind a terrible O-line core who gave up 62 sacks on the season. In the 2020 season, Watson had entered his prime, Recording over 4800 yards, 33 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions behind another lackluster roster.
Then, in 2021 it came crashing down, Watson, who was seeking massage treatment for the abuse he suffered at the hands of opposing defensive linemen, was accused of sexual assault by multiple massage therapists. The NFL forced Watson to sit out the entire 2021 season at his peak. After two grand Juries in Texas declined to charge Watson criminally, the Texans shipped Watson off to the Browns for a haul of draft picks.
Watson is now facing his 24th sexual assault allegation in civil court. News has come out that Watson had met at least 66 different massage therapists in a 17-month span. On top of that, there are claims that the Texans and a local Houston spa were complicit in these activities according to the New York Times. Watson, from the beginning, has claimed no wrongdoing. The QB is still getting reps with the browns as this new situation shakes out:
With little word from the NFL and Browns coaching staff the situation is still very fluid and many different scenarios could still play out.
As far as the 230 million dollars is concerned, the Browns have protections in place to recover his guarantees and hopefully move on, if these allegations end up with Watson getting benched by the league office. If that is the case, Baker Mayfield might be thrust back into the starting position, however disgruntled he might be with the way the browns have treated the former #1 draft pick out of Oklahoma.