• Brian L. Barefield

Watson's Pending Suspension Has Browns Searching For A Veteran Backup QB

With the suspension of quarterback Deshaun Watson still in limbo, the Cleveland Browns organization is making sure that they are prepared just in case the league hands out a lengthy sentence.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are hoping that a decision on Watson’s case can be made sooner than later so that Cleveland can make the necessary roster changes to get a backup quarterback to Jacoby Brissett. The latter would serve as the starter until Watson completes his suspension.

The former Houston Texans quarterback was traded to the Browns back in March. He was not criminally charged in Texas for sexual assault or misconduct. He has settled with 20 out of the 24 accusers in the civil case against him. The Houston Texans organization also settled with 30 accusers but bore no responsibility for any of the acts committed by Watson.

“We were shocked and deeply saddened when we first learned of the allegations against our then franchise quarterback in March 2021,’’ said the McNair family in a written statement to the media.

“Although our organization did not have any knowledge of Deshaun Watson’s alleged misconduct, we have intentionally chosen to resolve this matter amicably. This is not an admission of any wrongdoing, but instead a clear stand against any form of sexual assault and misconduct.”

Currently, Josh Dobbs is listed as the third-string quarterback for the Browns, but the organization would like a more polished backup with more snaps under center if Watson misses a significant amount of time.

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