Watson is in Cleveland on Tuesday for the start of the Browns' offseason program, while fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder) isn't in attendance, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. That's as expected, given that Mayfield reportedly requested a trade in mid-March when the Browns were originally revealed to be pursuing Watson. Cleveland still has a few things to hash out in their QB room before Week 1, starting with a possible NFL suspension for Watson and finding Mayfield a new home. Watson, 26, is still facing civil suits for allegations of sexual misconduct after a Harris County, TX grand jury voted not to indict him on criminal charges in March.
Watson is waiving his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to the Browns, changing his mind Friday after reports earlier in the week suggested he'd ruled the team out, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Numerous reports had Watson deciding between the Saints and Falcons, after the Panthers and Browns came up short in their efforts to woo him. With the QB now changing his mind, Houston and Cleveland will finalize terms of a trade, while Watson already has a contract arrangement in place with his soon-to-be team, getting a five-year, $230 million deal that's fully guaranteed, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. A grand jury recently declined to indict Watson on criminal charges, but he's still facing civil suits (and potentially an NFL suspension) for allegations of sexual misconduct. Per Schefter, the Browns are reportedly sending three first-round picks, a third-round pick and a fourth-rounder to the Texans in exchange for Watson and a fifth-rounder.
The Saints and Falcons remain in the mix to trade for Watson, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The report notes that the Browns and Panthers are no longer candidates to make a deal for the quarterback, who remained on Houston's roster last season but did not suit up for any games. Last week, a grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct and since then there's been movement toward the Texans dealing the 2017 first-rounder, who must waive his no-trade clause for that to transpire.
The Browns are set to meet with Watson in Houston on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports. Teams are lining up to talk with Watson, who met with the Panthers and Saints on Monday. Those two clubs have reportedly submitted proposals, and now Cleveland's leadership team will attempt to sway Watson. The Browns have Baker Mayfield under contract for 2022 -- the final year of his rookie deal -- but they are open to the idea of an upgrade at the position.
A grand jury in Harris County, Texas voted Friday not to indict Watson in the wake of a nearly year-long police investigation stemming from civil lawsuits filed by 22 women who accused the quarterback of sexual misconduct, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. Watson won't face charges from any of the 10 criminal complaints filed against him in relation to the allegations, but he still faces civil case depositions and possible discipline from the NFL. According to Barshop, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy released a statement Friday noting that the league has "been closely monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review of the personal conduct policy."
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||New York Jets||27||20.65|
|5||10/09||Los Angeles Chargers||18||19.18|
|6||10/16||New England Patriots||2||15.56|
|12||11/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||24||20.21|
|16||12/24||New Orleans Saints||5||16.35|
|3 Year Avg||68.8||2892||20||6||286||3||267|