Will Deshaun Watson take the field in Houston?
Cleveland Browns @ Houston Texans – Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET
No, it’s not a diversion like the March trades between Cleveland and Houston. Deshaun Watson won’t lead the Texans through the NRG Stadium tunnel, but there’s a chance he could take the field and be under center with his new teammates.
The Browns paid an even higher price to land their new franchise quarterback than Denver did to bring in Russell Wilson. Cleveland gave up three first-round picks (2022, 2023, 2024), one third-round pick (2023), and two fourth-round picks (2022, 2024). They then signed Watson to a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million deal, with no promise that Watson will see Week 13 in Houston, let alone another week this season.
The 12th overall pick in the 2017 draft faces 22 civil lawsuits for sexual assault, and there’s a good chance he’ll be suspended to start the 2022 season.
Bettors didn’t wait for the NFL’s disciplinary decision following the trade as Cleveland went from +4000 in the Super Bowl futures market to +1600. Watson’s NFL MVP ratings reduced from +2000 to +2500 in some places. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns at +1000 to win the AFC and Deshaun at +2500 to win the league’s top individual award.
While there are no chances yet for Watson’s potential return to Houston in December, you can bet he will be poorly received by loyal Texans after asking for a trade and being out all last season. . Don’t be surprised to see this game move to prime time if the former Texan fits.