It's official — Deshaun Watson is now a member of the Cleveland Browns, able to be the quarterback who takes them someplace particular.
In concept, anyway.
However the large commerce with the Houston Texans didn't happen till the Browns had accomplished some “intensive” analysis into Watson's background.
Or so they are saying, anyway.
OFFICIAL: Now we have acquired 3-time Professional Bowl QB Deshaun Watson in a commerce with the Texans
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 20, 2022
“We spent an amazing period of time exploring and investigating the chance to commerce for Deshaun Watson,” Browns house owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam mentioned in a press release. “We're acutely conscious and empathetic to the extremely private sentiments expressed about this determination. Our group's complete analysis course of was of utmost significance because of the delicate nature of his state of affairs and the complicated components concerned.”
The Haslams added that they know Watson isn't nonetheless utterly out of the woods after being accused by 24 girls of sexual misconduct. A civil trial awaits, as does a probable suspension earlier than he can ever take a snap in Cleveland. A supply instructed outkick's Armando Salguero that Watson seemingly can be suspended for four-to-six video games.
“We additionally perceive there are nonetheless some authorized proceedings which can be ongoing and we'll respect due course of,” the Haslams mentioned. “It was pivotal that we, together with andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski, meet with Deshaun to have a simple dialogue, focus on our priorities, and listen to instantly from him on how he needs to method his profession on and off the sector.”
Browns brass met with Watson, and described him as “humble” and “candid.”
Trending: #Chiefs RT Mitchell Schwartz on the Deshaun Watson commerce pic.twitter.com/jbRb1jibAc
— JPA Soccer (@jpafootball) March 19, 2022
“Deshaun detailed his dedication to main our group; he understands and embraces the laborious work wanted to construct his title each locally and on the sector,” the Haslams mentioned. “These in-depth conversations, the intensive analysis course of, his dedication to being a terrific teammate and devotion to serving to others inside the NFL, inside the neighborhood, and thru his charitable initiatives offered the muse for us to pursue Deshaun.
“We're assured in Deshaun and enthusiastic about transferring ahead with him as our quarterback and supporting his real and decided efforts.”
Browns basic supervisor Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski additionally dropped the “E” phrase in their very own statements.
“We sit up for having Deshaun as our beginning quarterback,” Berry mentioned. “Now we have executed intensive investigative, authorized and reference work over the previous a number of months to supply us with the suitable data wanted to make an knowledgeable determination about pursuing him and transferring ahead with him as our quarterback.
“Deshaun has been among the many best possible on the place and he understands the work wanted to re-establish himself on and off the sector in Cleveland. We're assured that he'll make constructive contributions to our group and neighborhood as we help his return to soccer.”
Stefanski added the Browns left no stone unturned.
“Our group did an amazing quantity of background on Deshaun,” Stefanski mentioned. “We perceive the issues and questions that exist however are assured within the intensive work Andrew and his workers have executed to really feel assured about him becoming a member of our group. It was essential for us to satisfy with Deshaun in particular person as a part of our group's analysis course of, we had a candid dialog relating to his method to coming into our group and neighborhood. I'm wanting ahead to the chance to educate Deshaun, he is able to put within the laborious work wanted to assist our group enhance and make a constructive influence in our neighborhood.”
Deshaun Watson response on Instagram to being traded to Browns pic.twitter.com/s7628Jxpn3
— aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 19, 2022
Watson does certainly give the Browns the type of hope they didn't obtain with up-and-down former No. 1 total choose Baker Mayfield, who is predicted to be traded. Mayfield reportedly wished to be dealt even when the Browns didn't land Watson.
In the meantime, loads of proficient gamers seemingly need to come to Cleveland know that Watson is the QB, and the pretty immature Mayfield can be elsewhere.
Sure, Watson has been in authorized scorching water for a yr and it'll take a while for him to clear these hurdles and to get acclimated to his new group. However clearly, the Browns are assured the whole lot is on the up and up and Watson is the appropriate man to guide their group. They are saying they've executed the analysis to show it.