Deshaun Watson To Meet With Cleveland Browns; Deposition For Civil Suit On Tuesday
Pro Football Network has reported that Watson met with the Panthers and Saints on Monday, and stated that both teams sent over trade offers for Watson to the Texans.
Last week, Watson was cleared of criminal charges related to sexual assault. Despite not being criminally indicted, Watson is still facing 22 civil lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct, and the NFL has the option of suspending him. Watson has strongly refuted the allegations.
If Watson does become a Cleveland Brown, Baker Mayfield’s future could be bleak.
Mayfield is coming off of one of the worst seasons of his football career, completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Mayfield also battled a shoulder injury for most of the season, but had offseason surgery to repair the torn labrum.
The Browns signal caller will be a free agent in 2023, so it could be possible the Browns just release him instead of involving him in a trade.
The Texans have a solid QB situation currently with an intriguing 2023 draft class of quarterbacks, so there is no reason to give up on a solid signal caller in Davis Mills at the moment.
NFL teams interested in Deshaun Watson should be focused on his civil deposition on Tuesday, which is expected to proceed without him pleading the fifth amendment in testimony.
There has also been reports that an NFL suspension remains possible, despite Watson being cleared of criminal charges.
Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin told Watson to plead the fifth in his last deposition, on Friday. The advice was because of the ongoing criminal investigation at the time, but now with that done, Watson will answer questions from Tony Buzbee, who represents the women in the civil suit.
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