Yes, they are placing a high wager that the former Houston Texan won’t face any more allegations ever again.
Otherwise, the NFL must levy longer suspensions that will render portions of his five-year, $230 million deal worthless.
But if he returns to the player he once was without any off-field distractions, then the Browns will get their money’s worth.
His talent will help improve their offense further.
Imagine how scary the Browns will be if they combine their high-powered run game with a potent passing attack.
While Watson is yet to join the Browns in any official function, it seems like his teammates are already giving way for his arrival, even via the jersey number.
#Browns LB Anthony Walker posted on Instagram that he is switching his jersey number from No. 4 to No. 5. That opens the door for Deshaun Watson to get his number in Cleveland.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 21, 2022
Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov said, “#Browns LB Anthony Walker posted on Instagram that he is switching his jersey number from No. 4 to No. 5. That opens the door for Deshaun Watson to get his number in Cleveland.”
Typically, the player who holds the jersey number that the new player wants can demand payment or rewards in exchange for the jersey.
However, Walker doesn’t want such issues from happening and he’s letting Watson take the No. 4 jersey without resistance.
Particulars Of Watson’s Cleveland Contract
The Browns are hoping that Watson will deliver great results throughout his five-year deal, especially because he will get every penny out of his $230 million contract.
His deal includes a $44,965,000 signing bonus and a cap hit of $10,028,000 next season.
In 2022, his base salary will be $1,035,000 which could be less depending on the suspension that the league might impose on him.
From there, his cap hit goes to $54,993,000 annually from 2023 to 2026.