Mar 18, 2022
In a move that’ll continue to shake up the NFL and AFC landscape, Deshaun Watson is waiving his no trade clause to accept a new five-year, $230 million deal with the Cleveland Browns according to Ian Rapoport.
Watson’s reported $150M fully guaranteed at signing surpasses Aaron Rodgers by almost $50M, and his $230M is reportedly practically guaranteed.
The Browns will include three first-round picks and two additional picks for the Texans that’ll need to be finalized before the deal becomes official.
Watson chose to waive his no trade clause for the Browns after meeting with Cleveland, Carolina, Atlanta and the New Orleans Saints. The Browns appeared to be the first team eliminated from contention, but it appears the guaranteed money made it hard to pass up.
The Eagles had been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Watson since he decided to seek a trade out of Houston, but he reportedly refused to waive his no trade clause for the Eagles despite Philadelphia having the best package of assts.
Howie Roseman and company appear truly set on rolling with Jalen Hurts in 2022 and the trade should finally silence any doubt about Hurts being the guy.
Watson has been to three Pro Bowls and completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 14,539 yards and 104 touchdowns with just 36 interceptions since Houston selected in at No. 12 in the 2017 NFL draft.