It has been the news “leak” heard all around the NFL circles, on Saturday, it was reported that the NFL is seeking an “indefinite suspension” of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The NFL is reportedly preparing to angle for an “indefinite suspension” against Deshaun Watson https://t.co/xa6FGKkcvL
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 26, 2022
Going into these hearings with the arbitrator, retired judge, Sue L. Robinson, this is undoubtedly a conservative stance.
If Robinson agrees with that penalty, the NFL Players Association will appeal.
In the meantime, the Browns continue to plan for whatever contingency comes their way be it this week or later in the month of July.
If Watson is handed a stiff punishment such as an “indefinite” suspension, here are three ways this decision could directly impact the Browns.
1. Brissett Is Next Man Up
The Browns made a critical decision after the Watson trade.
That was to trade 2021 QB2 Case Keenum to the Buffalo Bills and sign free agent Jacoby Brissett.
Will Jacoby Brissett be QB1 to open the Browns season? Seems like that’s where we’re heading #Browns pic.twitter.com/5sHsUgQjge
— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) June 5, 2022
This indicates that the Browns were already planning for the contingency that Watson would be suspended and were more comfortable and confident with Brissett than Keenum taking the reins during that interim time.
Meet new #Browns QB2 Jacoby Brissett. Will he come through when called upon to be the guy we need while Watson is unavailable?
36 TD – 17 INT
Pass Yds: 7742
Passer Rating: 83.0
Rush Yds: 651
Rush TD's: 13
— Craig Fountain (@CraigAFountain) March 24, 2022
Brissett will enter training camp as QB1 and get the first-team reps so he is ready for Week 1.
2. Shop Around For A New QB2
All indications are that Joshua Dobbs is entrenched as QB3.
If Watson is out indefinitely and Brissett is bumped up to QB1, that means the Browns need a QB2.
And his name will not be Baker Mayfield.
Browns fans need to get it out of their head that Baker Mayfield owes them something.
He’s not going to play another down as a Brown. Jacoby Brissett is your QB2.
— Willie Lutz (@willie_lutz) June 13, 2022
This means the Browns will be in the market for yet another quarterback, sooner rather than later, to act as QB2 going into training camp.
3. More Distraction
An indefinite suspension of Watson creates yet more distraction for the Browns as they enter training camp.
This team has been living with far too many distractions since the 2021 issues that erupted with Odell Beckham Jr.
It means more questions for the current players to answer.
For the players who came to Cleveland because Watson was the Browns QB1, they will be asked more than once if they are still happy to be with the Browns.
The first one to come to mind is Jadeveon Clowney who said he came back to Cleveland to reunite with his former Texan teammate Watson.
Clowney signed a one-year deal; would he stay on in 2023 if Watson is out in 2022?
I think it’s a very interesting situation. For example, Jadeveon Clowney’s return was heavily impacted on Deshaun Watson coming to Cleveland. If Watson is suspended a year-plus, it won’t make a difference for the player this season… but maybe Clowney would sign back in 2023?
— Noah Weiskopf (@BrownsWithNoah) June 25, 2022
No matter what the Browns say, an indefinite suspension changes the dynamic of this team and puts a big hurdle in their path.
It makes climbing the mountain to playoff and potentially Super Bowl success even harder.
Ritchey Hollenbaugh says
I’ve been a Browns fan since the late 60’s, through thick and thin (mostly thin). NO MORE!! Watson is a creep, a distraction and a looser. What the hell were you thinking.
All of my Browns stuff has been transferred toa land fill. Disgusting
Jason Kushma says
Same here, been a Browns fan since I was born. The front office of the Browns is a damn joke. What other quarterback has had a winning season for the Browns? Anderson, and he was a joke. Baker took this team on his back and gave his heart and soul to a crappy Browns team when he joined. How many quarterbacks said they wouldn’t play for Cleveland before Baker? They screwed it all up again, what a Cleveland thing to do! We have a sex offender that is going to get suspended and what we have left is Brisset? Cmon, he sucked for Indy and they didn’t want him anymore. I don’t care if we have a midget woman who throws underhanded, just as long as we win. Don’t care how immature he was, he won and the Browns needed that! So yet again, the Browns just going to pray that we get a mature quarterback? Who cares, again we need pride and winning, not suspensions and a joke of a backup. They screwed Baker and the Browns deserve back what they did to him. When we start to have something good for once, some dumbass office person wants to pay 200 million for a sex offender who hasn’t won one game in Cleveland. We would be better off calling back Manziel because he actually won games for Cleveland. It is so hard being a Browns fan, because they ALWAYS find a way to screw things up. Watson is going to be suspended and ending up a joke in Cleveland. I would feel better with the ball boy rather than Brisset! Unfortunately the Browns will get what they deserve yet another starting quarterback to add to the list of bums and losers. Way to go and make the list even longer! We should be ashamed of what they did to Baker and what they chose over him. Long live the Browns and I will always be a fan, but they want me to rent the gun and buy one bullet. Sorry, just had to get it all off my chest.
It means no play off for next two years. It means Browns pay Watson near $100M for nothing and also lost draft capital as well.
Gaines Ryland says
the owners are either stupid or they listen to the morons in the front office. I have been a fan for over 50 years, but I hope they lose all 17 games. the way they treated Baker was a travesty!!!!
I was 14 and present at the 1964 NFL Championship game against Baltimore, guess that makes me a longtime Browns fan. Deshaun Watson is guilty of poor judgement and misconduct, Not rape B.R and not murder R.L. Both who are hall of famers. So Deshaun should be punished not more than Ben, Ray, and Robert K or shall we make an example .of him….