Quick Bit: Caserio isn’t concerned about the Texans’ trade to get Watson out Houston being nullified.
Texans general manager Nick Caserio on Thursday dismissed any notion that the trade that sent embattled quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Browns could be undone.
Caserio, appearing on Houston-based sports radio station KILT, said the trade and its stipulations have been finalized with the league, meaning the Texans will not have to return or otherwise reimburse Cleveland for what it gave up to acquire Watson.
“Any trade — forget about this particular one — any trade that takes place, so there’s a process that you have to go through,” Caserio said. “Teams agree on that and then once you agree on that, it gets submitted to the league. The transaction gets processed and it goes on file with the league. Unless there’s somebody that’s gonna go in there, you know, overnight in a mask and try to get on a computer, and may have a cyberattack like that, I’m not sure there’s anything that can be done there.
“No different than a draft-day trade. Even though it kind of happens more in real time. You have an agreement in place, OK, you contact the league. Or we have a trade, we have an agreement, send the paperwork along, and everybody goes on their merry way. Unless I’m missing something, or unless (you) call (NFL commissioner Roger Goodell) and ask him for interpretation and opinion, I would say that whatever trades have happened have happened in the past, and now we’re just focused on training camp and moving forward with the team.”
Houston traded Watson and a 2024 sixth-round pick to the Browns in exchange for first-round picks in 2022, 2023 and 2024; a third-round pick in 2022; and a fourth-round pick in 2024. That resulted in Houston acquiring the 13th and 107th overall picks of the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Texans traded the 13th overall pick to Philadelphia in return for the 15th, 124th, 162nd, and 166th overall picks; Houston then selected Florida running back Dameon Pierce at No. 107 overall pick.
Prior to Watson’s trade to Cleveland, he faced civil lawsuits from 22 women alleging sexual assault and/or unwanted touching. Four more women have filed suit against Watson since his trade, bringing the total number to 26.
A report by The New York Times provided further scope on Watson’s practices and preferences regarding massage therapists; the Times’ report claims Watson received massage services from at least 66 women over the course of 17 months — equating to a new masseuse every eight days.
The Times’ report also indicated the Texans, knowingly or not, helped facilitate Watson’s desire to meet with multiple therapists, including providing him a facility to meet with them and providing him a nondisclosure agreement.
Watson has maintained he is innocent, even as lawsuits and more details continue to emerge.
Even with Watson facing more lawsuits and further details emerging, the Browns have no other recourse other than to commit to Watson, especially considering the five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million contract they gave him after the trade.
“We spent a tremendous amount of time exploring and investigating the opportunity to trade for Deshaun Watson,” Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam said in a team release following news of the move. “We are acutely aware and empathetic to the highly personal sentiments expressed about this decision. Our team’s comprehensive evaluation process was of utmost importance due to the sensitive nature of his situation and the complex factors involved.”
It appears the Browns were also aware their newly acquired quarterback could face discipline from the league as a result of the ongoing investigations: Cleveland structured his contract so that he will make only $1.035 million in base salary in 2022, meaning he will forfeit $57,500 for each game he misses in the event he is suspended during the 2022 season.
In all, the Browns took on significant risk in acquiring Watson, who has not played since the 2020 season. They will have to weather any short-term shortcomings in the hopes it will pay dividends in the long run.
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