The Browns haven’t beforehand been talked about very a lot as a doable vacation spot for Deshaun Watson. Apparently, that has modified.
Albert Breer, who writes MMQB for Sports Illustrated and is among the most plugged-in NFL reporters, stated Wednesday on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland that it’s an “educated guess” the Browns might be within the combine to commerce with the Texans for Watson.
“Now, are they going to be willing to go the distance?” Breer requested. “I don’t know that, but I absolutely believe the Browns are going to be a player for Deshaun Watson if he becomes available. Again, a lot of this is going to come down to, what’s happening legally, getting signoff from ownership, of course — that’s an important piece of it. And then, how far you’re willing to go if you do get that signoff. But again, let’s call it an educated guess, I do think they’d throw their hat in the ring.”
There are quite a few caveats to this. The Browns do have already got a beginning quarterback in Baker Mayfield, however may be hesitant to signal him to a long-term, huge-money deal. The group exercised its fifth-year possibility on the 26-year-old Mayfield final offseason, so he’s signed by means of subsequent 12 months, after which he would eligible for both free company or the franchise tag if they don’t attain an extension.
There can be the lingering situation of the 22 civil fits Watson is going through on allegations of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage remedy. He additionally faces 10 prison complaints and it’s unclear in the intervening time the place the mud will settle when these are adjudicated.
While Watson has not performed for the Texans this season, he has not but been disciplined by the NFL over the alleged misconduct. It’s unclear whether or not he’d face a suspension when that’s all resolved.
Watson is simply 26 years previous, so he may effectively have an extended NFL profession forward of him, and he is among the most proficient quarterbacks within the league. On paper, it’s a good assumption he can be an improve over Mayfield, whom the Browns picked No. 1 total within the 2018 draft, however there are myriad components at play earlier than they’d pull the set off on a deal.
Other believable touchdown spots for Watson embody the Dolphins, Broncos and Saints.