It seems Deshaun Watson was even nearer to becoming a member of the Falcons than initially thought.
Before the commerce that despatched the controversial quarterback to Cleveland, Watson was reportedly very shut to a transfer that may ship him to Atlanta as an alternative. So shut, according to ESPN, that he corresponded with Bucs operating again Leonard Fournette and former Browns receiver Jarvis Landry over FaceTime about becoming a member of forces within the AFC South.
“As of Thursday night, the feeling was Watson expected to go to Atlanta,” the report learn. “And Atlanta thought it had Watson, who was considering the pass-catching weapons who could join him there — until Cleveland came with a deal that would be nearly impossible to refuse.”
That deal from Cleveland, agreed to final Friday, included a $230 million contract extension for the quarterback that was totally assured. And so, the Falcons dream was useless.
The Falcons alway appeared like a darkish horse candidate for Watson’s providers, as their roster is basically void of impression gamers. They have younger pass-catching tight finish Kyle Pitts, do-it-all weapon Cordarrelle Patterson and stud cornerback A.J. Terrell, however not a lot else. Calvin Ridley, their finest vast receiver, is suspended for a yr after he positioned bets on NFL video games.
Watson ended up becoming a member of the Browns, who not too long ago traded for Amari Cooper and have good younger items on the offensive and line of defense. The Browns despatched three first-round draft picks to Houston in change.
Fournette re-signed with the Buccaneers this week, whereas Landry – who was launched by the Browns earlier this offseason — stays a free agent.
Watson has been accused by 22 girls – all therapeutic massage therapists – of varied counts of sexual misconduct. A grand jury decided he won’t face felony expenses, however he nonetheless faces quite a few civil fits over the incidents.
He may face a suspension by the league, although the Browns structured his contract to solely pay him $1 million in 2022 ought to that come to go.