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Cleveland Browns land QB Deshaun Watson

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a...
FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Houston. Lawyers fighting sexual assault allegations against Watson face a predicament: Defending their client means working to discredit the claims of 22 women who are more likely to be believed in the #MeToo era. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)(Matt Patterson | AP)
Published: Mar. 18, 2022 at 3:03 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 18, 2022 at 10:59 PM CDT
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CLEVELAND. (WAFB) - The Cleveland Browns have won the Desahun Watson sweepstakes according to ESPN’s Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Schefter states that Watson has decided that he wants to play for the Browns and has informed the Houston Texans that he will waive his no-trade clause.

The Browns are trading three first round picks, a third round pick and a fourth round for Watson and a fifth round pick according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Browns are set to give Watson a new five-year deal and will receive $184 million over the first four years of his contract, a raise of $48 million over the $136 million he was scheduled to make. Watson’s new deal at $230 million is guaranteed, setting a new record for highest guarantee given to an NFL player.

Watson did not play last season amid the emergence of 22 lawsuits against him alleging sexual assault and inappropriate conduct during massage sessions. A Texas grand jury declined to indict him on criminal proceedings related to him in Harris County.

The former Clemson Tiger was drafted No. 12 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft and was the 2020 NFL passing leader and has been named a three-time Pro Bowler. Watson has started 53 games completing 67.8% of his passes for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns.

Watson was the third quarterback picked in the 2017 draft behind Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes. Watson led Clemson to the 2016 College Football National Championship and was the game’s offensive MVP.

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