Despite multiple meetings with Saints, controversial QB Deshaun Watson joining Cleveland Browns
NEW ORLEANS - Deshaun Watson, who sat out last season due in part to an avalanche of sexual misconduct allegations, will not quarterback for the Saints this season.
Multiple reports said Watson waived his no-trade clause to join the Cleveland Browns, despite the QB turning down their initial offer, and is expected to sign a deal worth $230 million.
Deshaun Watson gets a fully guaranteed 5 year $230M contract. That is $80M more than the previous record for fully guaranteed money at signing ($150M). This deal was negotiated by David Mulugheta of Athletes First. https://t.co/nQls9WRpD1— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2022
Reports in recent days suggested Watson had narrowed his choice to either New Orleans or the Atlanta Falcons, making Friday's about-face even more surprising. Watson had a second meeting with the Saints this week during which he spoke with team owner Gayle Benson.
Watson was accused by more than 20 women last year of either exposing himself or forcibly kissing them during massage appointments. One of the women also accused Watson of forcing her to perform oral sex.
Though a grand jury found insufficient evidence to charge Watson with a crime last week, he still faces civil lawsuits involving 22 of his accusers.
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