Nick Caserio brushes off possibility of the Deshaun Watson trade being undone

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As the last three weeks have entailed a chain of negative developments for Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, some have wondered whether, at some point, the Browns could undo the trade with the Texans.

Houston G.M. Nick Caserio, appearing Thursday on SportsRadio 610, was asked about the possibility of the Browns getting out of the trade, months after the fact.

“Any trade — forget about this particular one — any trade that takes place, so there’s a process that you have to go through,” Caserio said. “Teams agree on that and then once you agree on that, it gets submitted to the league. The transaction gets processed and it goes on file with the league. Unless there’s somebody that’s gonna go in there, you know, overnight in a mask and try to get on a computer, and may have a cyberattack like that, I’m not sure anything that can be done there.

“No different than a draft day trade. Even though it kind of happens more in real time. You have an agreement in place, OK, you contact the league. Or we have a trade, we have an agreement, send the paperwork along, and everybody goes on their merry way. Unless I’m missing something, or unless [you] call Goodell and ask him for interpretation and opinion, I would say that whatever trades have happened have happened in the past, and now we’re just focused on training camp and moving forward with the team.”

Caserio is right. Nothing can be done at this point. The trade happened. It’s over. It’s done. The Browns knew or should have known about the circumstances surrounding Watson. They assumed the risk that there will be more lawsuits. They assumed the risk that there will be more negative media coverage. They assumed the risk of one or more adverse verdicts against Watson. They assumed the risk of whatever the league may do with Watson under the Personal Conduct Policy.

It this goes off the rails for the Browns, they can’t blame the Texans. The Browns allowed themselves to get caught up in a four-team chase for Watson, and they apparently glossed over or underestimated the potential problems that still could emerge for the team and the player.

The remedy for the Browns isn’t to back out now. The remedy for the Browns was to back out then. Instead, after Watson removed them from the competition, they put together an offer he couldn’t refuse, and they won the race.

Although the Browns would never admit that they wish they hadn’t, the other three teams are surely glad that they did.

34 responses to “Nick Caserio brushes off possibility of the Deshaun Watson trade being undone

  1. Potentially the biggest case of buyers remorse in NFL history but only time will tell

  2. I believe the Browns thought that after they gave Watson all that money, he was going to be smart enough try and get as many cases settled as possible.
    Instead, he’s doubling down on stupidity by insisting on “clearing his name”.

  3. Lolololol. I’m not even kidding. Everything I have said about Watson has come true. I have more predictions: He won’t play until 2024 at the earliest. When he does play he will be his mediocre self and the cap/draft situation will make the Browns the 2020 Texans. He will play at most 2 years in Cleveland before poor team performance and fan backlash cause either a regime change or he wants out. They will try to trade him before outright cutting him. Some team will take a flyer on him to make the roster and he doesn’t. Career over.

  4. I agree with many here that the Browns made a huge mistake signing Watson.

    But those that are calling Watson “a mediocre QB” are flat out wrong. In 2020, Watson had the most yards and highest QB Rating in the NFL. He also had the highest completion percentage and the 3rd lowest interception percentage…only behind Mahomes and Burrow.

    So, based on the lawsuits, Watson may not be a very good person, but he really is one of the best quarterbacks on the NFL….or was. Having said that, he may never play another down in the NFL.

  5. The only thing that could make the Browns more dysfunctional at this point would be if they hired Urban Myer.

  6. The Browns have to just eat it, Weird Al Yankovic style (yes, I’m old).

  7. I agree that Watson is a good QB. If he can get past this, he will play well.

  8. The Browns came so close to being a half way decent team in 2021 and then early 2022 happened. What a shame for the Cleveland fans.

  9. radar773 says:
    June 16, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    But those that are calling Watson “a mediocre QB” are flat out wrong.


    I don’t know. As the saying goes, you are what your record says you are. He’s a playoff loser who always came up small when the stakes were high. Stats that add up to nothing is commonplace. Ending his last season of play 4-12 and then quitting on his team and sitting for a year is something no great QB does.

  10. There’s no way Watson ever plays again.

    His lawyer coming out and basically admitting it all and the Houston PD Detective that said criminal charges should have been filed (if you know the Houston DA’s office, you know why charges weren’t filed.)

    If I had to make a prediction, the Browns will try to find a way to void his deal on a morals clause (new cases that were unknown when they signed his new deal) and no one takes the chance of alienating their fan base by signing him.

    He’ll get a year’s suspension but it won’t matter.

    Eventually he’ll be in an episode of 30 for 30.

    I’m SO glad Caserio unloaded him!

  11. Somewhere out there Jerry Jones is comparing the Walker trade to the Watson trade and wondering how he got cheated so badly.

  12. Stats are for losers, all garbage time numbers. Irrelavant. The guy won 4 games and is barely over .500 as a starter, that’s all you need to know

  13. The Browns made the trade, and then put their trademark on it by giving him a monster contract with record guarantees. LMFAO. For no reason.

  14. Finally! The Hershel Walker trade is no longer the stupidest trade in all of sports history. I’ve been waiting half of my life for this day.

  15. I am not trying to slam the Browns here but they screwed up in an epic historic fashion. This trade, the loss of draft picks will make them unattractive to top-tier free agents. They are looking at a 5 -6 year talent drought and only when that is over they can start to rebuild.

  16. It seems that Haslam didn’t learn a thing during his time as a minority owner of the Steelers. If he had asked himself, “Would the Steelers make this deal?” he wouldn’t be in this mess.

  17. This situation was avoidable, but the Harris County DA’s office is either corrupt (probably) or incompetent (definitely) or afraid (clearly).

  18. Watson holds myriad personal records, but football isn’t one man’s game; it’s a team sport, with 11 players all performing in sync – one part is no greater than the other parts. His “greatness” did not make the Houston Texans a great team; and the team record with Watson at QB is 28-26. Maybe he should retire from team sports and try solo endeavors like golf or skiing or Texas hold ’em.

  19. it only takes one team LOL – that might go down in history as the best trade ever – no one should have touched Watson, at that point, with a ten foot pole. and what a haul the Texans got for it!

  20. celtyislove says:
    June 17, 2022 at 6:38 am
    The Haslams should be fitted with clown noses.

    No no no – Jimmy told us himself that the Watson deal shows he now knows what he’s doing as an owner. So it must be true.

    OR, this is simply further proof that he’s the worst owner in the NFL. Haslam’s insistence on drafting Manziel and then the Watson deal are his crowning achievements as an owner. Just think about that.

  21. Afghan says:
    June 17, 2022 at 11:39 am
    Haslam’s insistence on drafting Manziel and then the Watson deal are his crowning achievements as an owner. Just think about that.

    and the Manziel pick wasn’t even his idea, he got it from a homeless guy.

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