In a shocking flip of occasions, the Browns appear to have emerged because the winners of the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes. He has modified course and is now keen to waive his no-trade clause to come back to Cleveland. A brand new deal seems to be place confirming that he’ll now be the beginning quarterback of the Browns (Twitter hyperlink by way of NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport).
Rapoport particulars that Watson’s new contract is for 5 years and a completely assured $230M. That will shatter the earlier report for assured compensation by a margin of $80M. In a follow-up, he notes that his 2022 base wage is simply $1M, one thing agreed upon because of the chance of a suspension. Watson was set to earn $35M in 2022 on his earlier deal, which ran till 2026.
Rapoport confirms that the commerce is a performed deal (Twitter hyperlink). The Browns are sending Houston three first spherical picks, in addition to a third-rounder. The groups are additionally swapping fourth and fifth spherical picks. His colleague James Palmer provides that the Falcons thought they had been “very shut” to touchdown Watson, a Georgia native (Twitter hyperlink). Nonetheless, late in contract talks his asking worth grew to become too excessive. The identical is reportedly true for the Panthers, per Mike Garafolo (on Twitter).
Watson was reportedly torn on his choice, which was stated to be right down to Atlanta and New Orleans as just lately as final night time. That had come out after the Browns had been regarded as eradicated from competition even earlier, albeit not as a result of Watson had felt something however flattered by his conferences with Cleveland’s entrance workplace. Now, on account of the workforce’s dedication to satisfy the Texans at their acknowledged commerce worth, and make investments extra in Watson on the subject of a contract than some other suitor, he might be headed to Ohio.
Not surprisingly, Rapoport provides that Baker Mayfield is just not a part of the commerce (Twitter hyperlink). It had been reported earlier that his desire was not Houston. Regardless of the workforce’s acknowledged intention of denying his commerce request made on account of the their try to exchange him, the Browns are actually “anticipated” to maneuver Mayfield, per Rapoport.
The Watson acquisition represents the second important transfer made by the Browns to improve their offense. They traded for Professional Bowl receiver Amari Cooper to steer their passing sport, one thing which stands to be drastically improved with these two new items.
Whereas many have famous that the Browns and Texans are scheduled to play one another in 2022, it stays to be seen if Watson will face league self-discipline on account of the continuing sexual misconduct allegations made towards him. As for the remainder of the quarterback market, Mayfield joins Jimmy Garoppolo as the opposite signal-caller regarded as destined for a brand new house. Jameis Winston, in the meantime, stays one of many prime free brokers; this information might additional level to him remaining in New Orleans. The identical could very properly be true of Matt Ryan in Atlanta.