Deshaun Watson finally got his wish on Friday as the Houston Texans traded him to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a flurry of future draft picks, just a week after a Harris County judge in Texas determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the quarterback. Nevertheless, the NFL hasn’t stopped its investigation into the case.
“Any transaction would have no effect on the NFL’s ongoing and comprehensive investigation of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said in a statement Friday. “Nor would it affect his status under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy.
“If the league’s investigation determines that Watson violated the Personal Conduct Policy, discipline may be imposed pursuant to the policy and the CBA.”
Deshaun Watson was accused of sexual misconduct from numerous massage therapy sessions. He’s still facing 22 civil lawsuits as well. Essentially, if the league determines he violated their conduct policy, the 26-year-old signal-caller could still face repercussions for his actions.
Watson didn’t play for all of the 2021 season and has consistently made it clear he wanted out of Houston. The Browns were actually ruled out as a suitor for the former Clemson standout on Thursday, but that changed in a heartbeat. The Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints were also in the mix.
Cleveland now has a new QB1 in Deshaun Watson and it will be very interesting to see where Baker Mayfield ends up next. Nevertheless, the Browns should be concerned about the NFL’s ongoing investigations because it would be a shame for him to miss games.