NFL has said nothing to Deshaun Watson as to whether he’ll be placed on paid leave

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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson reported for training camp without knowing whether the NFL will place him on paid leave. Watson still doesn’t know whether that will happen.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Watson and his representatives have heard nothing either way regarding the team’s intentions in this regard.

Many are interpreting the fact that Watson wasn’t promptly placed on paid leave as an indication that he won’t be. That may not be a certainty. The NFL possibly decided to wait until Watson showed up for camp before making a decision that would have been irrelevant if he’d held out.

Whatever the explanation, the fact that Watson hasn’t been told he won’t be placed on paid leave means that he still possibly could be placed on paid leave. That surely complicates Houston’s reported quest to get at least first-round picks in exchange for his contract.

As one executive from another team remarked on Monday morning, in response to various reports regarding Houston’s potential return and the fact that few in the media were pushing back on it, “Are we really pretending it’s like it was in January?”

The first lawsuit against Watson, filed in mid-March, changed the equation. The next 21 dramatically altered it. With all 22 cases still pending, the criminal investigation still open, and the league able whenever it wants to put Watson on paid leave, those factors need to be considered before anyone will give anything to the Texans for Watson — from three first-rounders down to one third-rounder.

8 responses to “NFL has said nothing to Deshaun Watson as to whether he’ll be placed on paid leave

  1. The NFL gave Zeke a 6 game suspension over one accusation that happened before his NFL career. Yet Watson has 22 open lawsuits over behavior that has happened during his career and not a peep? I am not a Cowboys or Texans fan but how is this possible?

  2. Hypothetically, what if the NFL just adopted a policy that they only punish off the field incidents that result in convictions?

  3. If he is allowed to play then the NFL is officially a joke. Different sets of rules for different players.

  4. The games aren’t being played at the moment. No reason to place him on the list.

  5. mccrowleyblog says:
    July 26, 2021 at 1:24 pm
    The NFL gave Zeke a 6 game suspension over one accusation that happened before his NFL career. Yet Watson has 22 open lawsuits over behavior that has happened during his career and not a peep? I am not a Cowboys or Texans fan but how is this possible?
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    Because he hasn’t been charged, tried or convicted of a crime.

  6. The NFL should not say anything at all unless and until they are notifying him that he HAS been placed on the list. They cannot say they are not placing him on the list until after all the facts are known and everything is settled. Not taking action right now is not the same as declaring no action will be taken.

  7. mccrowleyblog says:
    July 26, 2021 at 1:24 pm
    The NFL gave Zeke a 6 game suspension over one accusation that happened before his NFL career. Yet Watson has 22 open lawsuits over behavior that has happened during his career and not a peep? I am not a Cowboys or Texans fan but how is this possible?
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    Zeke was drafted in April 2016 and signed his contract with the Cowboys in May. He was accused of misconduct that happened across a week in July 2016. His NFL career had already begun, hence subject to discipline by the league office.

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