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As the NFL appeals the six-game suspension of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, it appears the signal-caller is willing to consider a settlement.
Deshaun Watson will be on a football field for the first time in over a year as he is expected to suit up for the Cleveland Browns on Friday night in the team’s first preseason contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Still looming large is his suspension.
After hearing cases from Watson and the NFL regarding the two dozen allegations of sexual misconduct against him, a judge ruled that the quarterback should be suspended for six games. In order to get a harsher punishment, however, the league has already filed an appeal and will push for Watson to be suspended indefinitely with a minimum of the entire 2022 season.
In the initial aftermath of news of the appeal, it appeared the NFLPA and Watson’s side would fight to keep the six-game suspension. However, that may be about to change.
Browns: Deshaun Watson reportedly willing to settle for 8-game suspension and fine
It was reported Thursday night (h/t Dov Kleiman) that Watson is willing to consider settling with the league for an 8-game suspension along with a $5 million fine. In addition, Watson was reportedly offered a 12-game settlement and an $8 million fine before the judge’s ruling.
While I’m not going to pretend to be a legal expert or even an expert on the NFL’s internal litigation, it feels like what the final outcome will be.
The league will consider it a minor victory to make a statement if they can get the suspension increased from six games, especially with the addition of a fine, while Watson would not be suspended for the entire season. It is a settlement that, at least from the outside, would please both parties.
Of course, we don’t know if the league would be willing to accept that, as there have been reports of wanting to make an example of Watson.
This situation is far from over, but with these latest updates, it looks like we’re getting closer to some sort of resolution.