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Browns acquire Deshaun Watson in a blockbuster deal

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Deshaun Watson saga has finally ended. Watson has been traded in a seismic deal.

He has been traded to the Cleveland Browns on Friday. The Browns also added a 2024 fifth-round draft pick in the deal.

Deshaun Watson looks on during a game (Photo by Deshaun Watson/Instagram)

Watson had to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to become official.

In exchange for the franchise quarterback, the Browns mortgages the future to acquire him. They traded three first-round draft picks to the Houston Texans.

All three first-round picks come in the next three drafts.

The Texans also received a 2023 third-round draft pick and a 2024 fourth-round draft pick in the package.

Watson eliminated the Browns from contention on Thursday with the Carolina Panthers. That left the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints left in the talks.

The Falcons and Saints balked at some items in the contract that Watson wanted. Yet, the Browns were willing to come back into play and give in to the star quarterback.

He has signed a five-year, $230 million deal with the Browns. Watson will have an average salary of $46 million per season.

The entire $230 million is guaranteed. It is the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.

Watson missed the entire 2021 season as he was accused of sexual misconduct with women. A grand jury did not find enough evidence to convict him with any of the women who accused him of wrongdoing.

The Texans paid him his entire salary last season to miss games. Now, he’s going to return to the field with a new beginning.

While Watson arrives in Cleveland, Baker Mayfield, who led the team the last few seasons, will now be traded. Mayfield requested a trade on Thursday.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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