Settlement remains possible in Deshaun Watson discipline

Cleveland Browns Training Camp
Getty Images

As the clock ticks toward a resolution of the appeal of the six-game Deshaun Watson suspension, a settlement remains possible.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, an agreed resolution between the NFL and the NFL Players Association could still happen. Last night, the Associated Press reported that Watson would be willing to serve an eight-suspension and pay a $5 million fine.

There’s a growing sense that appeals officer Peter Harvey may not issue a ruling today, so that the two sides can try to work something out. Absent a one-year suspension effective immediately, Watson will be able to play tonight, in Jacksonville. The Browns have said that Watson will start the game.

The NFL currently holds all the cards. A settlement would end the process, and it would prevent a federal court challenge.

It’s unclear what the league would do, or what Watson would be willing to serve.

37 responses to “Settlement remains possible in Deshaun Watson discipline

  1. If the NFL truly considers Watson’s behavior egregious and predatory, any settlement will weaken their case significantly. Some things you can’t negotiate away.

  2. If he admits to wrongdoing, a 12 games settlement with counselling is possible. For him to fight thru a very bad public image, for quite a while.

  3. What he will accept, that is choice, will the league stand up to what has become more and more the story of the NFL today, more than the game itself.

  4. The league should settle for nothing less than 1 year and $50M fine. 100% of the fine should go to programs to support women and victims. For the length of his time in the NFL, Watson should be forced to seek medical support for his predatorial behavior.

  5. Tick, tock, tick tock. Something has to be announced tonight. There’s no way they’re letting him take the field.

  6. A real shame the NFLPA is actually defending him, their image and that of players is now associated to Watson’s

  7. What a joke the NFL is. They stand with sexual predators… No matter what they do at this point, the shield is forever tarnished

  8. It’s the correct thing to do as Watson’s civil rights have been seriously violated…and the NFL knows this.

  9. Would the NFL really want that?! Any time Watson plays will be a media circus. I don’t think the NFL, the Browns or even Watson has any idea how reviled he is, or the reception he’s going to get if he plays this year

  10. Settlement would be the smart thing to do. However, Watson had the chance to settle 2 years ago and refused then too.

  11. Can’t accept what he’s offering. He cannot control the narrative. Suspend him 1 year, no salary.

  12. Watson settling with the victims was an admission of guilt.

    The NFL settling with Watson is an admission that they don’t care about his behavior.

  13. NFLPA is toothless.
    The league is only bargaining against itself at this point.
    They’re also like 47-0 in federal court so why would they care if it got kicked there?
    Also..if DW even DRESSES for that game tonite..it might be 2 years minimum instead of one.

  14. 10 games, $10 million.

    He sits the first 9 games of the season, then the Texans away game since no one wants to see him in that game.

    And we can all move on in life.

  15. Watson getting that much guaranteed money after what he has done is still one of the most shocking things in the history of sports and an embarrassment to the NFL.

  16. Who on earth are the people down arrowing harsh penalties against Wataon? He is an unremorseful sexual predator and people think he deserves leniency.

    Whatever the NFL give him won’t be enough

  17. 1 year suspension, his $45 million signing bonus donated to women’s shelters in Ohio & Texas & 2000 hours of supervised community service – done.

  18. Don’t know about the suspension but a lifelong Browns fan might expect Watson to get injured tonight and miss the season just because of that.

  19. “Watson would be willing to serve an eight-suspension and pay a $5 million fine.”

    Counter: 14 games and $25 million

    Counter 10 games and $7 million

    Counter: 13 games and $20 million

    Counter 12 games and $10 million.

    Sounds like a decent compromise.

  20. Well, it’s 5:15 EST. You’d think if Harvey was issuing a ruling today he would have done so by now and keep him off the field tonight. So guess it’s possible that some cash money settlement negotiations are in the works.

  21. andreboy1 says:
    August 12, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Watson getting that much guaranteed money after what he has done is still one of the most shocking things in the history of sports and an embarrassment to the NFL.
    ****************************************************************************
    Not even close…how about Ray Lewis murdering a man, stompin him to death, destroying evidence, continued to play AND was inducted in to the Football Hall of Fame. Now THAT’S shocking

  22. I don’t see where there’s any downside to the NFL giving him a huge punishment. The scope of his abuse is unprecedented for an active NFL player, and the deal the Browns gave him is a pre-emptive middle finger to the NFL imposing a financial penalty.

    If the league doesn’t want either of those things to become accepted precedents, then just throw the book at Watson. A full year suspension, $10 million fine, and his entire 2023 pay going to women’s programs.

    Personally, I think he should be banned from the game. But if they don’t do that, then make a severe example of him. This kind of offense and team cover for it is rare – keep it rare by making them all pay.

  23. I really have no idea why the NFL would settle. Watson can sue in federal court if he wants, but he’ll never win. All that will do is cost him more money in legal fees – his own as well as the league’s.

    The CBA governs this process, and courts respect the primacy of CBAs. If the players didn’t like it they shouldn’t have agreed to it.

  24. I understood from Florio that a decision from the NFL Appeal designee was coming between 3 and 5 pm today.

  25. From the CBA:

    “Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline when violations of the Personal Conduct Policy occur.”

    Ownership and club management have been committed, been accused of and/or settled with complainants for equally egregious behavior. The NFL did little to nothing. I’m not a labor lawyer, but it sounds like breach of contract to me.

    I’m not defending the indefensible Watson, but precedents have been set. Expect the NFLPA to sue if the suspension is much longer than the current 6 games.

    PS: look up Dalrymple of the Cowboys…caught secretly filming cheerleaders changing in their dressing room. Cowboys paid the cheerleaders off big-time. Dalrymple quietly retired. NO PENALTY AT ALL to the Cowboys. Talk about predatory and egregious actions! Now, that’s precedent for no punishment for aberrant behavior.

  26. fireeyes111 says:
    August 12, 2022 at 7:16 pm
    I really have no idea why the NFL would settle. Watson can sue in federal court if he wants, but he’ll never win. All that will do is cost him more money in legal fees – his own as well as the league’s.

    The CBA governs this process, and courts respect the primacy of CBAs. If the players didn’t like it they shouldn’t have agreed to it.
    =================================================

    if the Browns or Watson sues, and part of their lawsuit is that there are precedents of similar behavior with much less stringent punishment, the NFL MIGHT be compelled to divulge what they knew about, and why they did little to nothing, about Kraft’s proclivities, and Dalrymple of the Cowboys’ actions. (do you really think he only did it once?)
    anyway, such exposures could really embarrass the NFL. Watson will still lose probably, but it would be a classic Pyrrhic Victory for the NFL.

  27. I’ve said all along, the deal was done between the NFL, Browns & Watson a long time ago, this is just PR Theatre by all the parties involved….it’s a disgrace that he was allowed to take the field tonight 😡

  28. 40domi: why is it disgraceful? Watson apparently is creepy horn-ball, but nothing has been decided he needs to miss time now. But…because YOU wish it so, it should be, I guess.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.