Information concerning Watson is the only story in the Sunday edition of Browns Nation news and notes.
Watson Scheduled To Meet With Disciplinary Officer This Week
The process takes a step forward to resolution this week as Watson is set to meet with disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Tuesday.
Deshaun Watson's hearing before the NFL and NFLPA's jointly appointed disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson is scheduled to begin Tuesday, league sources told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/nUzSQsUI45
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 25, 2022
Robinson is a retired judge who has no prior experience ruling on NFL-related matters.
Her appointment to handle this matter was mutually agreed upon by all parties.
Adam Schefter is reporting that her decision could come anytime between later this week and the end of the month when training camp is set to begin.
In the meantime, reports from various sources including Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal indicate that the NFL may seek a long suspension.
— PFF (@PFF) June 25, 2022
Robinson will hear both sides and make an independent judgment on what the discipline should be.
The NFL will argue to disciplinary officer Sue Robinson for an indefinite suspension of at least a year for Deshaun Watson, source says. The NFLPA is expected to argue for much less severe discipline and perhaps no suspension at all. https://t.co/RWuFdoDrkn
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) June 25, 2022
There is also an opportunity to appeal which the NFL Players Association has already signaled it would be inclined to do.
Commissioner Roger Goodell is the governing body of the appeal process, or he could opt to appoint an independent party to rule on the appeal.
No one knows exactly what to expect, but it seems as though there could be lots of back-and-forth negotiations between the sides to come to an agreed-upon settlement.
If he is suspended for the entire 2022 season, Pro Football Talk is reporting that his contract would essentially slide back a year which would have him contracted with the Browns through the 2027 season.
A full-season suspension would pause Deshaun Watson's contract for a year, putting him under contract to the Browns through 2027, not 2026. It also would replace his $46M salary in 2023 with his 2022 salary of $1.035M. https://t.co/SoMvQzuEq3
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 25, 2022
This would represent a pause in everything, and he would sit out the 2022 season without pay.
Whether that happens or is good news remains to be seen because it does not pause the Browns’ 2022 postseason goals with a young roster of players at the peak of their careers.
Happy Sunday Browns fans.