Why the NFL had no choice but to appeal Deshaun Watson’s 6-game suspension

Associated Press

Browns in limbo while QB Deshaun Watson’s saga shifts again

When owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam returned from Houston in March with Deshaun Watson under contract, the Browns’ long search for a franchise quarterback — a fruitless 20-year odyssey — appeared to be over. The NFL’s decision to appeal the six-game suspension for Watson handed down by independent arbiter Sue L. Robinson, who ruled he violated the league’s personal conduct policy, has left the Browns in limbo and potentially considering other QB options for the 2022 season. Only days ago, the Browns, who have started a league-high 32 quarterbacks since their 1999 expansion rebirth and traded former No. 1 overall pick and four-year starter Baker Mayfield to Carolina last month, were prepared to be minus Watson for less than half this season.

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