It’s done. Over. Finished.
This process that seemed to take an eternity is finally complete and the result is the NFL, NFLPA and QB Deshaun Watson agreeing on a suspension for 11 games (no pay) to begin the season and five million dollars that will go to charity.
Another nuance is Watson must undergo counseling as part of his punishment.
Watson was never charged criminally through the allegations, but he did reach civil settlements with more than 20 of his accusers. This is what Watson said in regards to his accusers in an interview recently:
“I want to say that I’m truly sorry to all of the women that I have impacted in this situation. The decisions that I made in my life that put me in this position I would definitely like to have back, but I want to continue to move forward and grow and learn and show that I am a true person of character and I am going to keep pushing forward.”
Originally, Judge Sue L. Robinson gave the quarterback a recommendation of six games, but the league did not take it.
Interestingly enough, the first game Watson is eligible to play in comes against the Houston Texans, his former team, on the road, December 4th at 12 p.m.
This whole circus for me was absolutely vile. The way it was handled by the league was so terrible and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Why do you hire a judge, go through an entire process and hear out her opinion just to negate that six-game suspension and go with an 11-game ban?
Now, I am not saying what Watson did was not deserving of punishment. However, now the Browns are really in trouble and have to look for a quarterback to fill the 11 games (out of 17 total).
6 vs. 11 is much different for Cleveland to work upon.
The Browns do have solid backups in Jacoby Brissett, Joshua Dobbs and Josh Rosen. Even so, they don’t size up to the starter in Watson, obviously. The team still could make a trade for another quarterback as a true starting quarterback replacement like a Jimmy Garoppolo, the former 49ers quarterback.
11 games mean that Watson will be able to play in the following games:
Dec. 4th @ Houston Texans
Dec. 11th @ Cincinnati Bengals
TBD: Vs. Baltimore Ravens
Dec 24th: vs. New Orleans Saints
Jan 1st: @ Washington Commanders
TBD: @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The biggest key is the Browns playing solid football for the first 11 games in order to be in a position to be contending when Watson comes back for the final six games. It will be difficult for him to just jump in and take control regardless of how the team does.
Well, it’s finally over and we all can move on with our lives filled with speculation, opinion, debate and more.
We’ll see you on the 4th, Deshaun.