The quarterback leaves Houston in exchange for 3 first picks and an unprecedented figure as 100% “locked in.” It’s just the latest blow in a market that has been roaring until now.
Deshaun Watson is the new quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. Who offered him the moon to take him to Ohio. The trade with Houston sends Texas three first-round picks in the upcoming draft, 2022, 2023 and 2024, the 2023 third-round pick and the 2024 fourth-round pick in exchange for Texas. The 2024 Texans’ fifth-round pick goes the other way. Watson designs a five-year, $230 million contract, all guaranteed (NFL contracts aren’t 100%), a record for the league. A mountain of money.
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Watson’s has been rough the last year, to put it mildly. First of all, he didn’t play a single game, even though he was very healthy. He is still earning more than 10 million dollars. But the 22 complaints filed by women who claim to have been victims of different forms of abuse, inappropriate sexual behavior after professional massage sessions, had put Texans and even applicants to any trade on hold. The recent Grand Jury ruling ruled out criminal consequences, unblocking the situation. Even if civil proceedings continue and the NFL oversees the case, a future disciplinary suspension is not out of the question. Watson had asked to be sold in January 2021, but events off the field delayed things. Cleveland’s choice was therefore bold. Watson seemed contested by New Orleans and Atlanta, with Carolina and the Browns, the other suitors, now out of the game. But change has come: The 26-year-old, the 12th pick in the 2017 draft, coming off the heels of a trade between Cleveland and Houston, is finally coming to Ohio for real.
The Browns must now find a new team in Baker Mayfield, their former quarterback, who, upset by the franchise’s public interest in Watson, had already asked to find another quarter for him. Watson in Cleveland will be able to count on other quality offensive players like running back Nick Chubb and wide receiver Amari Cooper, recently released from Dallas.
The return of Brady to Tampa, the renewal of Rodgers in Green Bay and precisely the blow of Watson: the NFL market has put fireworks on the most important position. But not only that: the Denver Broncos brought Russell Wilson to Colorado from Seattle, Carson Wentz came to Washington from Indy, Mitch Trubisky succeeds Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. And Jameis Winston, Jimmy Garoppolo, in San Francisco, and Mayfield, are yet to be placed.
But free agency featured standout offers for every position. The Las Vegas Raiders have brought Rodgers’ favorite catcher, Devante Adams, to Sin City in recent years, who left the Packers with a 5-year, $141.5 million deal. The Raiders have also added quarterback Chandler Jones from the Cardinals: $51 million triennial. The signing of Von Miller in Buffalo caused a sensation: up to 6 years, 120 million dollars. The reigning champion Rams have lost the Super Bowl MVP on defense but add wide receiver Allen Robinson on offense: The former Bears has signed a three-year deal worth more than $46 million.
A couple of significant hits in Afc West, the league’s toughest division, with Pat Mahomes, Justin Herbert, Wilson and Derek Carr at quarterback: The Chargers added former Pats cornerback JC Jackson to their secondary for 5 years and 82.5 million, he leads former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who joins Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce as an arrow in Mahomes’ quiver. too much grace…
March 19, 2022 (change March 19, 2022 | 11:47)
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