League Monitoring New Allegations Against Browns Quarterback

The breadth of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson's alleged misconduct continues to grow. Yet another lawsuit was filed against the passer, but according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, it will not affect his current status in the league. Watson missed the entire 2021 season and is currently serving an 11-game suspension due to accusations of sexual assault. Yesterday's lawsuit marks the 26th such claim levied against the quarterback. He has settled 24.

The Browns aggressively traded for Watson this offseason despite the allegations, surrendering multiple first-round picks and signing him to a massive, precedent-shattering fully guaranteed contract. Watson entered the league as the 12th overall pick of the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft after a storied run at Clemson. He quickly emerged as an exciting and promising young quarterback, making three straight Pro Bowls from 2018 to 2020 despite never leading a top-10 scoring offense. Even with missed time and a seemingly endless parade of horrifying allegations on his resume, he has earned in excess of $96 million to this point in his career according to overthecap.com, more than double fellow quarterback and 2017 NFL Draft pick Patrick Mahomes, who was taken two picks before Watson.

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