Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, facing a possible year-long ban for sexual misconduct, would comply with a lesser penalty in a settlement, an individual acquainted with Watson’s defense told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Watson would reportedly accept an eight-game suspension and a $5 million high quality to avoid missing your complete 2022-23 season.
AP’s source spoke on the condition of anonymity on account of the sensitivity of the case.
Last week, Watson received a six-game suspension after a choice by retired U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson — the disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the NFL and players’ union to find out whether Watson violated the league’s personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists.
The NFL appealed Robinson’s decision two days later, and now’s looking for a minimum suspension of 17 games and a big high quality of over $5 million. The league also wants Watson to be required to undergo evaluation and treatment as determined by health workers before he might be reinstated.
It’s unclear if either side are in energetic discussions.
Deshaun Watson can be amenable to a suspension of eight games and a $5 million high quality from the NFL.AP Photo
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has since appointed by Peter C. Harvey, a former Latest Jersey Attorney General, to handle the league’s appeal of Robinson’s decision. Harvey’s decision could come at any time.
On Tuesday, Goodell was asked on the owners’ meetings in Bloomington why the appeal was filed, to which he said: “Because we’ve seen the evidence.”
“She [Robinson] was very clear in regards to the evidence. She reinforced the evidence, that there was multiple violations here and so they were egregious, and that it was predatory behavior,” Goodell said.
Watson is anticipated to begin the Browns’ first preseason game against the Jaguars on Friday. Nonetheless, if a choice is made out of the NFL’s appeal ahead of tipoff, it could impact Watson’s status for the sport.
Watson is eligible to play until Sept. 3, which marks the day of ultimate roster cutdowns.
The Browns will depend on Jacoby Brissett, who has made 37 profession starts, while Watson serves a suspension. Cleveland could also pursue Jimmy Garoppolo, who’s awaiting a trade out of San Fransisco.
Watson, who has not played because the 2020 season, was traded from the Texans to the Browns in March. Cleveland then signed the quarterback to a completely guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract.