Deshaun Watson

Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #4
Cleveland Browns
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Present for offseason workouts

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.

Analysis: As expected, given that Mayfield reportedly requested a trade in mid-March when the Browns were revealed to be pursuing Watson, who ultimately chose Cleveland over Atlanta and New Orleans. The Browns still have a few things to hash out in their QB room before Week 1, starting with a possible NFL suspension for Watson and a trade to find Mayfield a new home. Potential fits for Mayfield include Seattle and Carolina, though it isn't clear either team is willing to give up anything significant for the 27-year-old QB. 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.

Apr 19, 2022 8:40 AM EST


Chooses Browns over Saints/Falcons

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.

Analysis: 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 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, per 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. Charles Robinson of Yahoo reports the trade for Watson will include three first-round picks and two additional draft picks heading from Cleveland to Houston.

Mar 18, 2022 1:02 PM EST



New Orleans and Atlanta in the mix

The Saints and Falcons remain in the mix to trade for Watson, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Analysis: 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.

Mar 18, 2022 8:19 AM EST


Meeting with Browns

The Browns are set to meet with Watson in Houston on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports.

Analysis: 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 contract -- but they are open to the idea of an upgrade at the position.

Mar 15, 2022 7:06 AM EST


Won't face criminal charges

A grand jury in Harris County Texas has declined to indict Watson in the wake of a police investigation stemming from lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused the quarterback of sexual misconduct, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports.

Analysis: As a result, Watson won't face criminal charges related to the allegations, but he still faces civil case depositions and possible discipline from the NFL. A statement released by NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy on Friday noted the league has "been closely monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review of the personal conduct policy."

Mar 11, 2022 2:28 PM EST



Status remains unclear

Texans head coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday that he has "no idea" if Watson (not injury-related) will be on the Texans' roster this season, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Watson remained on Houston's roster throughout the 2021 campaign while he dealt with investigations relating to 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assault and misconduct, but he was a healthy scratch for every game. His situation remains murky, and based on Smith's comments, it appears that Houston will head into the 2022 NFL Draft operating as if Watson won't be available once again.

Mar 2, 2022 12:00 PM EST


Sitting again Sunday

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Titans.

Analysis: As has been the case all season for Watson. Davis Mills again will direct the Texans offense Week 18, while Tyrod Taylor is around to serve as his backup.

Jan 7, 2022 1:33 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 17

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: With Watson slated to land on the inactive list as he has all season long, Davis Mills is on track to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties this weekend, with Tyrod Taylor on hand to serve as his backup.

Dec 31, 2021 4:41 PM EST


Remains out Week 16

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Analysis: Watson remains away from the team and isn't expected to rejoin the Texans for workouts or any activities over the final two weeks of the regular season. Davis Mills will continue to serve as Houston's starting quarterback this weekend, with Tyrod Taylor on hand as his backup.

Dec 24, 2021 1:50 PM EST


Confident about investigations

Watson's agent said the quarterback is "super confident" in how his legal situation will play out, Greg Rajan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Agent David Mulugheta touched on Watson's situation in a wide-ranging interview on the "Face/First" podcast hosted by Ryan Clark, an ESPN analyst and former NFL safety. Mulugheta could not get into specifics, but he made several references to "the truth." "We're pretty confident how this thing plays out. He's super confident in how it plays out," the agent said. "(In) today's society, unfortunately it's not about who's right, it's about who's first. So it's unfortunate but as somebody who's considered ... a public figure (there's) certain things you've got to deal with." Watson faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct as investigations by the Houston Police Department, FBI and NFL are ongoing.

Dec 18, 2021 7:59 AM EST


Ruled out for Week 15

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: While Watson is slated to land on the inactive list as he has all season long, Davis Mills is on track to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties this weekend, with Tyrod Taylor set to serve as his backup.

Dec 17, 2021 2:30 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 14

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Watson is still on the Texans' roster, but he's in line to be on the team's inactive list for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, Davis Mills is on track to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties Sunday with Tyrod Taylor slated to serve as his backup.

Dec 10, 2021 3:05 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 13

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Watson remains on the Texans' roster, but he's slated to be on the team's inactive list for the rest of the season. Tyrod Taylor is in line to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties Sunday with Davis Mills slated to serve as his backup.

Dec 3, 2021 2:50 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 12

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: While Watson remains on the Texans' roster, he's on track to be on the team's inactive list for the rest of the season. Tyrod Taylor is in line to handle Houston's starting quarterback duties this weekend, with Davis Mills slated to serve as his backup.

Nov 26, 2021 2:55 PM EST


Ruled out for Week 11

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Analysis: Though Watson remains on the Texans' roster after not being dealt ahead of the NFL's Nov. 2 trade deadline, he's now slated to remain a fixture on the team's inactive list in the coming weeks. Tyrod Taylor is in line to handle the team's starting QB duties on Sunday, with Davis Mills set to serve as his backup.

Nov 19, 2021 2:07 PM EST


Ruled out again

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Watson wasn't traded ahead of the NFL's Nov. 2 trade deadline, and now he's poised to remain a fixture on the Texans' inactive list in the coming weeks. As for Week 9, Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) is slated to come off IR and reclaim the team's starting QB assignment, which had been held by Davis Mills since Taylor was injured in Week 2.

Nov 5, 2021 4:06 PM EST


Remains away from team

Watson (not injury-related) didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: After Houston failed to find a team willing to meet its asking price for Watson ahead of the Nov. 2 trade deadline, the quarterback looks poised to sit out the remainder of the 2021 season. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues who had been stashing Watson with the hope that he was dealt elsewhere at the deadline can feel free to move on, as the Texans appear committed to keep him inactive for their remaining nine games. Watson hasn't practiced with the team since the conclusion of the preseason.

Nov 3, 2021 1:54 PM EST


Unlikely to be moved

The Texans aren't expected to strike a deal to trade Watson before Tuesday's trade deadline, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Dolphins have been mentioned is the most likely candidate to make a move for Watson, but according to Schefter the details of a trade never were agreed to. On top of that, Miami over Stephen Ross only received permission to speak with Watson on Monday night, which didn't give the team enough time to complete a deal, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Watson thus will remain in Houston for the rest of the campaign, likely staying out of practice and logging regular healthy scratches on game day while his legal situation is in limbo.

Nov 2, 2021 11:33 AM EST


Ruled out again

Watson (not injury-related) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Analysis: As expected, Watson will remain inactive in Week 8, and with Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) not yet ready to play, Davis Mills will once again will serve as the Texans' starting QB versus Los Angeles on Sunday. Meanwhile, there figures to be plenty of trade speculation surrounding Watson as the NFL's Nov. 2 deadline to make deals approaches, but at this stage no move is imminent.

Oct 29, 2021 2:13 PM EST


Still not practicing

Watson (not injury-related) didn't practice Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Watson's status with the Texans remains unchanged for now, though with the NFL trade deadline approaching this Tuesday, it's possible that the QB could be dealt in the coming days. Either way, Houston won't make Watson active for Sunday's game against the Rams.

Oct 27, 2021 4:20 PM EST


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