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One day after trading with Deshaun Watson, the Cleveland Browns are expected to sign free-agent quarterback Jacoby Brissett to a one-year deal to be Watson’s backup, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Brissett could begin next season as Cleveland’s starter, depending on whether the NFL disciplines Watson, who is accused by 22 women of sexual assault and misconduct during massage sessions.
A grand jury refused to prosecute Watson for the criminal charges filed against him, but he could still be suspended under the league’s personal conduct policy. The 22 civil cases against him also remain active.
Brissett, 29, gives the Browns a younger backup and one with experience. With the Browns’ switch to Watson, they are expected to move on from starter Baker Mayfield, and on Saturday they agreed to give Mayfield’s backup, Case Keenum, to the Buffalo Bills for a draft pick in the seventh round in 2022, a league source confirmed. ESPNs Alaina Getzenberg.
Brissett started five games for Miami last season while filling in for an injured Tua Tagovailoa, leading the Dolphins to four wins while throwing for 1,283 yards and 5 touchdowns with 4 interceptions. I’ve spent the previous four seasons with Indianapolis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.