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Deshaun Watson May Be Eligible For All Games Next Season, Browns Insider Says

The Cleveland Browns traded for quarterback Deshaun Watson knowing that they may not have him for a full season in 2022. After all, Watson could still be suspended by the NFL for multiple games if it find he violated its personal conduct policy.

As you likely know, he was accused of sexual misconduct by more than 20 massage therapists. While a Grand Jury didn’t find enough evidence to take the case to trial, the NFL will come up with its own judgement.

So, it’s easy to see why everyone is thinking Watson will miss some time.

But not so fast, said longtime Brown beat reporter Tony Grossi. Watson may be in the clear, atg least when it comes to being available for all of next season.

“Originally, I thought a suspension was unavoidable,” Grossi wrote in answering fan email. “Now there is a possibility a suspension could be delayed until 2023 until the 22 civil cases against Watson are tried or settled.”

Once it became known that Watson was made available by the Houston Texans, he became the most pursued QB of the offseason. Early reports suggested he told the Browns they were out of the running. Then suddenly, they weren’t.

Again, everyone approached a potential Watson trade as if he would be sidelined by the league for no less than four games, likely more. He’s so good that no one cared.

Now, perhaps, the Browns won’t have to. At least not in Year One with Watson.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico is the assistant managing editor-newsdesk at OutKick. He is also the co-founder and senior writer at Hoopswire.com, and has covered the NBA for nearly 20 years, including his time at Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and CBS Sports. A native of Akron, Ohio, his writing career began in Wyoming.

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  1. You have to admit, Watson has some great lawyers. Tony Buzbee came out guns blazing with the media campaigns on full auto, but Watson’s attorneys have systematically obliterated the arguments before the courts when it gets down to brass tacks. The civil cases will be interesting to see if theres enough to award damages. That’s not looking too promising either now that it appears to be drawing out into 2023. Not saying we’re there yet, but I can’t help but wonder if at the end of all this if absolutely no charges or penalties have been brought against Watson by a single one of these 22 accusers, will anyone who has publicly attacked him offer any apologies? Maybe he will have to pay up in civil court, we’ll have to wait a while to see. It will be interesting to watch.

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