The Cleveland Browns are in a very interesting situation as training camp looms. They made the shocking move of the offseason, trading for embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson. They also cut ties with their former quarterback Baker Mayfield, with whom they traded to the Carolina Panthers.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Watson’s availability this season, the Browns have been rumored to be in the market for a backup QB. There is likely no better quarterback currently on the trade market than San Francisco 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers have all but announced that Trey Lance is going to be their starter all year, making the veteran dispensable.
Cleveland.com writer Mary Kay Cabot wrote on Wednesday that the Browns are not expected to trade for Garoppolo. Apparently, there was never any serious conversation within the franchise about acquiring Garoppolo’s services. Interestingly, the Browns are the lone franchise that has the ability to take on Garoppolo’s contract. That would make them ideal dance partners, but it appears Cleveland has no interest.
The question remains, what will the Browns do when the Watson suspension is revealed. It’s practically a certainty at this point. Initially, there were reports that the NFL was beginning the negotiating with the NFLPA at a year minimum. However, recent reports have gone on to lead many to believe that it is going to be significantly shorter than that.
Of course, that would be a massive risk for the NFL and its reputation. Considering the amount of women that have come forward with claims of sexual assault or sexual harassment, it would be an embarrassment if Watson got off lightly. Some people have argued that the Browns QB does not deserve to play in the NFL again.