If Watson were available, he would certainly be Cleveland’s starting quarterback to begin the season after the team gave him a five-year contract with $230 million. However, Watson is still facing potential disciplinary action stemming from the sexual misconduct allegations against him.
While the length of the suspension is still unclear, the Browns’ most recent roster moves suggest that the team is indeed anticipating a suspension for their new starting quarterback as the team is bringing in veteran quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Josh Rosen for workouts, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett could essentially be QB1s to start camp, but the larger point is the Browns will get Brissett ready to play. Lot of this up in air with no clarity yet on how much time Watson might miss. https://t.co/hpz8ISnf4w
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 21, 2022
Fowler reports that Cleveland is looking to enter training camp with four quarterbacks and Jacoby Brissett is expected to be the team’s presumptive starter, pending Watson’s availability. Another veteran quarterback or two would add depth to the roster if Watson is suspended.
While Watson’s status is still up in the air, recent reports expect any suspension to be between two and eight games. This news came after it was reported on Monday that Watson and the NFLPA were prepared to file a federal lawsuit against the NFL if the league ultimately decided on a full-year suspension against Watson.