Unless appeal officer and former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey said the opposite, Cleveland Browns full-back Deshaun Watson will be available to start Friday’s pre-season opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars instead of substituting Jacoby Brissett, As planned.
After it was have learned on Thursday that “a person familiar with” Watson’s camp claimed the signal caller “will accept an eight-game suspension and a $5 million fine to avoid missing the entire season”. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk suggested the NFL would not agree to such a deal, in part because it “has a deck of cards in its favor – as evidenced by Watson’s willingness to miss almost half the season and give up half of his salary.” he earned last year.”
The situation may have changed a few hours before the start of the showdown on Friday.
Florio reported Friday afternoon that “a source with knowledge of the situation” claims “an agreed resolution between the NFL and the NFL Players Association is still possible.”
NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson initially recommended that Watson be suspended for six games for allegedly engaging in sexual misconduct during massage sessions. This penalty will allow him to train and play until the end of the pre-season portion of the calendar. However, the NFL then asked Harvey to ban Watson for an entire year and arrest him immediately ineligiblemaybe even for the Jacksonville game.
“There is growing suggestion that the officer in charge Peter Harvey may not issue a ruling today, so that the two sides can try to resolve the matter.” Florio wrote.
While NFLPA reported willing to fight the year-long ban in federal court, if necessary, a union-union agreement that would put discussions about Watson’s status on the ground.
Watson did not appear for the Houston Texans in the 2021 campaign following a season commercial request. Houston handed him over to Cleveland this past March, and Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski speak last week that “we have to get Deshaun ready to play” by bringing him on for pre-season, if possible.