The Deshaun Watson Era In Cleveland Has Begun; Sort Of

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, whose 5-year, $230 million contract is the largest in … [+] NFL history, was in uniform for the first time this week, during the Browns’ OTA practices. (AP Photo)


Deshaun Watson has made it through his first official week as Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson. The team held its OTA this week, and the biggest difference between this year’s OTA and last year’s is that last year the team’s quarterback did not have a $230 million contract, nor 22 civil suits alleging sexual misconduct pending against him.

Other than that. . .

The Browns are like the noisy neighbors in a duplex. There’s always something going on over there, but you’re not always sure what.

For example, how many other NFL teams’ starting quarterback from last year is still on the team’s roster, but did not show up for the team’s OTA?

But enough about Baker Mayfield, which is essentially what Browns officials declared when they not only traded for Watson, and all the baggage that accompanies him, but then signed him to a five-year $230 million contract, the most guaranteed money for any contract in NFL history.

Following the acquisition of Watson, Mayfield, who is due nearly $19 million in the final year of his contract, was expected to be traded sooner rather than later. But “sooner” came and went, “later” is reaching…

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