However, the second grand jury in Texas declined to charge him for alleged sexual misconduct.
What’s important, though, is that Watson won’t face jail time as part of his 22 lawsuits against him.
But he’s not out of the woods legally because he will have to face civil cases.
Barring any other criminal charges, only the NFL’s imposed suspension will hinder Watson from taking the field.
That said, Watson already passed a physical with the Browns and the next step will be an introductory press conference.
Pro Football Focus writer Ari Meirov revealed that the Browns will introduce Watson at a press conference today at 1 p.m. ET.
The #Browns will introduce QB Deshaun Watson at a press conference tomorrow at 1:00 EST.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) March 24, 2022
In joining the Browns, Watson signed an unprecedented five-year deal worth $230 million, making him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history.
It may take a while before he regains his Pro Bowl shape.
The Guaranteed Contract May Have Made The Difference
Initially, the Browns were informed that they were out of the Watson sweepstakes.
When that happened, it looked like the former Clemson standout would be going to either the New Orleans Saints or the Atlanta Falcons.
However, Cleveland possibly salvaged the situation by offering the five-year deal.
That contract would be hard to turn down, especially because Watson will get every penny out of it.
It remains to be seen whether his deal will set a trend in the NFL, but the Browns hope to become constant contenders with Watson under center.