The Cleveland Browns generated headlines on Thursday when it was realized they might be signing quarterback and 2018 first-round draft decide Josh Rosen to a one-year deal as they wait to study concerning the standing of beginning signal-caller Deshaun Watson, who may very well be suspended for half, half or the entire 2022 season over allegations of sexual misconduct throughout therapeutic massage classes.
Watson is at the moment obtainable to partake in all workforce actions till additional discover, and ESPN’s Jake Trotter notes that the 26-year-old was among the many Cleveland rookies and quarterbacks who reported to coaching camp on Friday.
The Browns’ full camp begins Wednesday.
Watson, his employer, the NFL and NFL Gamers Affiliation proceed to attend for a ruling from league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, who will decide if the previous member of the Houston Texans violated the NFL’s private conduct coverage. The league has argued Watson ought to be suspended indefinitely and banned from taking part in for the entire upcoming marketing campaign, however it was reported this previous Monday that Watson’s camp and the union are prepared to combat such a punishment in federal court docket, if needed.
Watson has maintained his innocence all through the matter and had two grand juries decline to indict him on felony costs. His authorized workforce reached settlements with 20 of 24 plaintiffs who sued him, however there are nonetheless 4 energetic civil lawsuits.
Backup Jacoby Brissett will turn into Cleveland’s QB1 forward of journeyman Joshua Dobbs and Rosen if Watson is suspended. There have been conflicting
stories about if the Browns might pursue a commerce for San Francisco 49ers veteran Jimmy Garoppolo within the occasion Watson is sidelined for greater than a handful of video games this fall.