Deshaun Watson can now be questioned under oath in 22 pending lawsuits

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As the football future of Teams quarterback Deshaun Watson slides back to the front burner, reports and speculation regarding teams for which he’d be willing to play (ESPN recently added the Buccaneers, who make sense, and the Vikings, who don’t, to the mix) remain premature. It’s unlikely that anyone will be making a move until greater clarity has been secured regarding his legal situation.

First, the lingering criminal probe. A grand jury at some point will complete its work regarding the pending complaints against Watson. If he’s indicted on one or more felony charges, a trade becomes much harder to accomplish. If he’s indicted on misdemeanor charges or not at all, it becomes easier for him to proceed.

Second, the pending lawsuits. Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, Watson can be questioned under oath during a deposition. Depending on how he holds up under questioning (or doesn’t), it could become easier (or harder) to settle his cases. If a new team insists on all civil cases being resolved (as the Dolphins did last season), nothing will happen until he manages to get 22 deals done. And that quite possibly will drive up the price for resolving the 22 claims.

Meanwhile, the quarterback carousel has begun to spin. Teams with needs will begin looking for ways to fill them. And if Watson isn’t in position to be acquired, teams may look elsewhere.

The stakes for the Texans are considerably higher than last year. In 2021, the Texans paid Watson $10 million to not play. In 2022, that number spikes to $35 million.

66 responses to “Deshaun Watson can now be questioned under oath in 22 pending lawsuits

  1. Just cut the guy and use the $35M in cap money to sign quality free agents. This fiasco could go on for years without a resolution.

  2. re rachelfootball “just cut the guy and use the $35 mill”.

    if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years.
    pretty tough to do that

  3. I encourage all NFL teams in the QB market to get in on the Jimmy Garappolo sweepstakes early. He’s going to be in high demand. Send the 49ers your first round picks. Multiple first round picks. Thank you.

  4. I don’t think the lawyer representing the women wants Watson to say anything publicly. He wants everything kept a secret. It’s like he’s hiding something. He’s just trying to get a settlement. I don’t think Watson did anything that wasn’t mutual. Twenty-two women and not a single call to police. Doesn’t sound like any laws were broken. Or at least it doesn’t sound like the women felt he’d done anything wrong. Certainly they would have spoken up to prevent it from happening to other women. I have no sympathy for men who hurt women or children. None. I’d lock them up and throw away the key. I just don’t think there’s anything to this except extortion.

  5. It is important for Watson’s lawyer to earn his money at this stage. He can’t let Watson say anything that might incriminate him, and at the same time, that makes him look like he did something wrong. I’ll bet his attorney steps forward and says he is the one advising Watson not to talk, and that Watson wants to clear his name.

  6. The Texans could pay $22mil to Rusty and his 22 clients to drop all claims and come out way ahead financially while snagging a boatload of picks from the Panthers for Watson and begin the rebuild in earnest to win back the fans.

  7. I just can’t see any club explaining this guy to their franchise let alone the current teammates. And give up draft picks? Nah dog from me.

  8. If he were a regular Joe he would have been questioned well before now. He’ll make settlements and go on with his career. If there is any guilt, even settlements he should be banned from the NFL. If what he is accused of is true, he is a sexual predator. There are claims against Snyder and could be a chance of forcing him out. What’s the difference?

  9. Why don’t the Vikings make sense? Talent on offense. Watson’s game works without a stellar Oline. Send Kirk to Houston with some picks. Houston gets a serviceable starter. Makes sense in a lot of ways.

  10. I don’t understand how “now that the Super Bowl is over” he can be deposed. Was the justice system and the lawyers for the accusers really setting their schedule off of the football season?

  11. “Just cut the guy and use the $35M in cap money to sign quality free agents.”
    — He has a no cut contract. Meaning they don’t get the $35M back. They can’t spend it on anyone. On top of the $35M is a $5M Bonus.

    Cutting him before June 1 is $51M dead cap + 11M in cap losses(not savings)(for prior signing bonus).

    Cutting him after June 1 is only $40M in dead cap, and $0 in loss/savings. ($11M better).
    *****
    A trade after June 1 is only 5M in dead cap with $35M in savings(to sign other players). So this one is an option. Voiding the contract because he is in jail is another option. Waiting things out, and hoping he settles is another option.

  12. April 25: NFL draft. March 13: Free agency begins. Feb. 13: Deposition period opens.

  13. Quarterback is a leadership position, he ain’t. I wouldn’t even want him as my backup qb.

  14. The idea that he can pick & choose where he wants to play is ridiculous. It will be the teams who make the decision to allow him to play for them.

  15. There is so much in this if you choose to go after him as a team. Big dollars, big trade compensation, big cap implications immediately. AND, rust. It is unlikely that’s an issue, but it is an added dimension to what makes him not a sure thing. Someone will do this deal but I must admit I dont want my team to do it.

  16. I don’t understand why you stated: “Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, Watson can be questioned under oath during a deposition.” What stopped him from being questioned before then?

  17. He’s toast! no way in hell will anyone trade for him… he will be behind bars when all is said and done

  18. abnotthatab says:
    February 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm
    re rachelfootball “just cut the guy and use the $35 mill”.

    if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years.
    pretty tough to do that.

    True, but they’d be virtually be guaranteed the next two #1 picks un the draft. Might be worth the cost.

  19. abnotthatab says:
    February 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years.
    pretty tough to do that

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    40 million cap hit to keep him, 51 million dead cap hit to move on. Regardless he’s getting traded. Miami offered 3 1sts and 2 2nds last year and got turned down. There are buyers out there. Time will tell if the Texans asking price is insane or smart.

  20. Is the baggage worth it? Maybe the Texans can make a trade with the Phoenix Cardinals straight up for Kyler Murray.

  21. if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years.
    pretty tough to do that

    Texans need to realize that money is already dead.

  22. I can not play football better than Watson can not play football. And I hereby offer to not play football for only half of what he is charging to not play football.

  23. If it turns out to be felony charges,teams in need of a quarterback may as well look elsewhere. This thing will just drag on. The stigma is attached to Watson no matter what.

  24. rachelfootball says:
    February 16, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Just cut the guy and use the $35M in cap money to sign quality free agents. This fiasco could go on for years without a resolution.

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    Huge dead money cap hit. Ouch!

  25. The dude will either have to cough it up big time to settle all the cases or I suppose let the slow wheels of justice turn while collecting 35 large … or just say to the texans hey ya want me gone … you pay these folks a million each while still coming ahead by 13 mill so may in fact be the best deal …. then dude gets traded collect players n draft picks n all this goes away … or just sits at home munching chips n dips while collecting the 22 season pay either way dude has a tuff life huh folks !! …. :S

  26. When Carolina and Miami were offering draft capital to take his contract, why on earth didn’t they do it? Sometimes sticking to your guns on a player can go on too long.

    Have fun with this and welcome back, Lovie.

  27. If the 49ers get even close to a 1st rounder for jimmy G then the Texans win the Super Bowl this year. They’d be like if a team doesn’t ask for a pick also for that cap dump.

  28. Why bother waiting for the season to be over for this to go forward. Does anyone else in America get to postpone charges and questioning until after a season is over?

  29. The NFL needs to do something about players who actually get convicted of felony crimes with dead cap space. I know he has a contract, but if he breaches the contract. Then give the team some sort of relief. I know he’s not guilty..yet. Also, no team will give up the assets the Texans want..just cut him and move on. Wasted potential.

  30. I’d like to say I’d be surprised if he was indicted, but nothing really surprises me anymore with the legal system. He certainly seems to be fighting the civil suits, tooth and nail. From the outside, it has always seemed like the guy is a creep, but that he probably didn’t do anything illegal. We’ll see. The other point is this situation shows how contract reform is needed in the NFL. On one hand it is too easy for the teams to break them and for guys to sit out while they are under contract. On the other hand, there should be provisions that allow teams to walk away if a player finds himself in the trouble that Watson is in. Tgd Texans, as noted, are on the hook for tens of millions of dollars even if he doesn’t play. That doesn’t sit well with me.

  31. I have heard Goff can be had for 2 firsts and 2 seconds. Contact Detroit Lions.
    Nobody is trading for Watson, a guy who may not be eligible to play for possibly another season. Seems like if just settling was going to easy he would have already done it.

  32. re rachelfootball “just cut the guy and use the $35 mill”.

    if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years.
    pretty tough to do that

    you misunderstood my post. If he is cut and claimed on waivers, the new team is responsible for his contract. the only thing the Texans are responsible for is the cap value of prorated signing bonuses which would not be much.

    He would almost certainly be claimed by someone since they don’t have to give up draft picks.

  33. Ok Mr. Watson,go ahead and lie under oath and see what happens.if you are innocent then the truth cannot hurt you but if you are guilty then I guess you had better lie and suffer the consequences. all I can say is its better you than me.

  34. abnotthatab says:
    February 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm
    re rachelfootball “just cut the guy and use the $35 mill”.

    if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years.
    pretty tough to do that
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    If he’s not playing it’s dead money anyway. Just bite the bullet and that $62M is a great way to justify a 2 year tank job.

  35. mackcarrington says:
    February 16, 2022 at 9:50 pm
    The idea that he can pick & choose where he wants to play is ridiculous. It will be the teams who make the decision to allow him to play for them.

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    I agree it’s rediculous but we’re talking about a rediculous franchise. They put it in his contract.

  36. candlestickkid says:
    February 16, 2022 at 8:57 pm
    I encourage all NFL teams in the QB market to get in on the Jimmy Garappolo sweepstakes early. He’s going to be in high demand. Send the 49ers your first round picks. Multiple first round picks. Thank you.
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    Jimmy G should stay put. Don’t tell me you thing your 9ers have a better chance with Trey Lance? Jimmy G got them to a Super Bowl and damn near a second and everyone wants him ousted??? Makes no sense….

  37. Watson has a extra year of shelve life since he didn’t play last year…that’s gotta be taken into consideration.

  38. Chiefs fan in LA says:
    innocent till PROVEN guilty.
    put that man on the field.
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    1. The Consitutionl assumption of innocent until proven guilty applies only in a court of law. Outside the courtroom private businesses have a right and a responsibility to protect themselves and their interests. Trading huge assets and taking on large financial responsibilities isn’t prudent as long as serious legal issues hang over Deshaun Watson.
    2. So far, the only thing “keeping the man off the field” is the man himself. Watson voluntarily signed a huge extension with Houston, knowing full well who he was aligning himself with and how they operated.
    Three months later he threw a tantrum, held his breath, took his ball and went home. The Texans neither suspended nor benched him. He showed up to camp to avoid being fined, but flatly refused to play football.
    Watson’s legal issues and his absence from the football field are self-inflicted wounds. I feel zero sympathy for “the man.”

  39. The lawyer for the women wanted a NDA in place; Watson and his lawyers didn’t.

    If that doesn’t ring alarm bells, what would?

  40. jmworacle says:
    February 16, 2022 at 11:14 pm
    Is the baggage worth it? Maybe the Texans can make a trade with the Phoenix Cardinals straight up for Kyler Murray.
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    The Phoenix Cardinals? Wow! Going back like 28 years.

  41. The big dummy should have settled this long ago the big question is will he ever play in the NFL again ?
    I hope he saved his money because i doubt he will ever play again .

  42. He already lost one full season. He’s very likely going to lose this season as well. I honestly think it’s comical that his “team” released his list of new options. Almost as funny as people taking about Watson as a viable trade option. Nobody will take him on at any price right now. And won’t until the lawsuits are settled. And then his price will have dropped astronomically. And Houston is still on the hook for that contract. That Franchise is a mess.

  43. jm91rs says: February 17, 2022 at 9:15 am abnotthatab says: February 16, 2022 at 8:41 pm re rachelfootball “just cut the guy and use the $35 mill”. if they did that it would be $62 million in dead money over next 2 years. pretty tough to do that __________________________________________________________________ If he’s not playing it’s dead money anyway. Just bite the bullet and that $62M is a great way to justify a 2 year tank job. ——— People should learn what expressions mean before using them, that WOULDNT be a tank job. A tank job is where your intentionally losing or setting yourself up to lose but your talent level is still significantly above what your record is so those 1 or 2 early draft picks can propel you to the top. What your advocating is for them to be the worst so those 1 or 2 picks dont propel them AND not to get assets for their most valuable piece in the rebuild also. Saying he’s not going to play and their going to pay him is fine but its smarter to pay him not to play AND have his rights for when he is able to play than to cut him and lose the rights.

  44. As a point of law and the rights of the accused, I fully support the 5th Amendment, the right to avoid self incrimination. As a matter of truth, the more times he invokes the 5th, the more certain he has violated the law. Let’s see how well his lawyers have coached him in answering questions without the pleading the 5th.

  45. The Texans are now well positioned cap wise. This offseason they currently have $25M and can increase that to $65M by trading Tunsil and Cooks. Over the following two offseasons (23 & 24) they could have as much as $100M (in both yr) of cap space. And this is with keeping Watson (add $35M to each yr if Watson is traded..Texans are in a very good position cap space wise). Point being, the no trade clause gives Watson all the leverage (for a legal situation all his doing, it’s shamefully insane), but the Texans can play hardball now with Watson…rebuilding their team through draft picks and solid cap space…while threatening to sit (and pay) Watson unless he loosens the no-trade clause. Watson is going to get paid either way (assuming there aren’t complications from the lawsuits), the question is, does he want to play again and are the Texans willing to use their leverage, just like Watson is using his.

  46. None of us knows the facts, although the sheer number of woman doesn’t look good. Why any team would trade for him with civil claims and a criminal investigation pending is beyond me.

  47. The Cap rules needs to be revisited. If a team has a player that the league is aware of that has legal issues of a sensative nature which may preclude a team from having this person on the field, that team should not be punished (with the Cap) for cutting said player (on the other hand, a team signing such player should absorb the cap or 2/3’s or such number to prevent players creating such issues).

  48. By the time this plays out, he’ll be too old to play so no contract. That means these women will get nothing either, so it’s time to settle.

  49. innocent till PROVEN guilty.
    .
    put that man on the field.

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    Relax, guy. He’s still getting paid. There is enough evidence out there for the NFL to tread lightly on this. Playing in the NFL is privilege, not a right.

  50. these comments are atrocious. Dude is accused of sexual assault by 22 women would you actually cheer for this slime bag as your qb. Its a shame he wont get prison time to see what its like to be on the other side.

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