Former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was traded to the Cleveland Browns on Friday. Watson's contract is reportedly worth a fully-guaranteed $230 million, including a $45 million signing bonus. The deal sees the Texans gaining a first-round draft pick for the next three years, as well as a third and fourth-rounder in 2023 and 2024.
The trade moved quickly in the wake of a Texas grand jury decision ruling that saw Watson cleared of sexual misconduct. Watson was accused by two dozen women, all during massage appointments, of several instances of misconduct including exposing himself and inappropriate touching. The civil lawsuits are ongoing, as is the NFL investigation.
As expected, the trade has drawn widespread backlash to the Browns and the entire NFL, with critics suggesting that signings of Watson or other players convicted of domestic abuse show that NFL teams are continuously willing to forgo ethics to win. Others suggest that because the case was dropped, the reputation of the player or his team should no longer be up for discussion.
In response to backlash following the decision, the Browns released a statement on Sunday claiming to have done 'extensive' research before the trade. However, no details of that research were given.
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