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Weeks have passed since Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s name was plastered across headlines and repeated through news segments on every sports media outlet.
With the release of the NFL schedule on Wednesday, predictions of Watson’s status were to be expected, and there are two very different reports circulating. NFL Network’s Rich Eisen says he heard the two legal camps were in talks of settlements. Another NFL insider reports the exact opposite, saying the two legal teams are not settling the civil lawsuits.
Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging inappropriate conduct and sexual assault — previous OutKick coverage on the topic can be read here. The Texans star and his legal team, led by lawyer Rusty Hardin, deny the allegations.
ESPNUpdate cites Rich Eisen, who said on Monday on The Rich Eisen Show that he heard during the NFL draft that a settlement was in the works.
“You can hear a pin drop on Deshaun Watson … All eyes on the civil court system in Texas,” Eisen said. “Is Deshaun Watson settling his cases right now? At the draft, that’s all I heard, that was in the works. That’s why Peter King has a whole bunch of teams that are lined up for Deshaun Watson, should he be a viable quarterback in the NFL in 2022.”
KOA NewsRadio’s Benjamin Allbright quickly tweeted after ESPNUpdate did and said Watson’s camp isn’t trying to settle, but didn’t provide much else.
Harris County District Court records currently show no updates since April 22 in the civil lawsuits.
OutKick has reached out to both Watson’s lawyers and the plaintiff’s lawyers for comment on the matter.
Check back with OutKick for updates.