Browns acquiring Deshaun Watson after QB reconsiders no-trade clause


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In what looks to be a stunning about-face, the Cleveland Browns are acquiring Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson.

According to multiple reports that broke late Friday afternoon, Watson reconsidered his reported prior elimination of the Browns from trade contention and waived his no-trade clause, allowing Cleveland to trade a reported three first-round draft selections (along with two additional picks) to the Houston Texans for the 3-time Pro Bowler and a fifth-round draft selection.

The Texans confirmed the reports and details of the trade later on Friday:

Watson will also sign a reported 5-year, $230 million contract extension – the highest amount of guaranteed money in league history.

Watson, 26, sat out the entirety of the 2021 NFL season while still with the Texans, after he requested a trade from the franchise prior to the season’s start. Watson also still faces 22 civil lawsuits in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct and assault.

Earlier this month, a grand jury declined to indict Watson on criminal charges related to ”harassment and sexual misconduct.”

Cleveland’s acquisition of Watson comes a day after Baker Mayfield reportedly requested a trade from the Browns. The Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks have been reported to be interested in trading for Mayfield.