Deshaun Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. However, the NFL has appealed his suspension with the hope of having it extended to a full season.
Watson, however, appears hopeful that there can be a compromise.
According to a report from the Associated Press, a person close to Watson said that the Cleveland Browns quarterback is willing to accept an eight-game suspension and fine of $5 million.
While we wait to see what happens with the appeal, Watson is expected to start the Browns’ first preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars later today.
Watson is also eligible to play throughout the preseason with his suspension kicking into effect after the final roster cutdowns on September 3.
Watson, who hasn’t played since 2020, signed a five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract with the Browns amidst the allegations facing Watson. Watson continues to deny the allegations against him but has settled 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits he was facing.