The Cleveland Browns might have to live with the worst decision in recent NFL history.
They signed quarterback Deshaun Watson to a five-year, $230 million deal despite his ongoing legal battles due to alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.
However, there’s a chance that he might not play the entire 2022 season if the league will have its way after the three-day hearing regarding his fate.
They’ve also alienated Baker Mayfield once they signed Watson and the former Heisman Trophy winner isn’t keen on returning to Cleveland.
The NFL is arguing for an indefinite suspension due to Watson’s multiple violations of the player conduct policy.
If former federal judge Sue Robinson recommends this sanction, the Pro Bowl play-caller might also miss a portion of the 2023 season.
However, one NFL insider is painting an even darker picture for Browns fans.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) June 30, 2022
CBS Sports Radio’s Andrew Fillipponi shared, “The great NFL insider @JasonLaCanfora on @937theFan: ‘I don’t know if Deshaun Watson will EVER play for the Cleveland Browns.'”
If that happens, the Browns are doomed because it would be difficult to move out of his contract, especially if the suspension is indefinite in nature.
If La Canfora is right, the Browns would have to suffer the consequence of signing Watson.
There’s Hope For Watson To Play
However, it’s not a foregone conclusion that Watson will never suit up for the Browns.
Working to reduce his suspension is the NFL Players Association and Jeffrey Kessler.
Kessler was able to reduce Tom Brady‘s sanctions during the Deflategate scandal.
Therefore, he will use his expertise and precedent-based evidence to land Watson a reduced suspension.
If they build their case well, La Canfora might even have to eat his words as Watson suits up for the Browns in Week 1 of the 2022 season.