Deshaun Watson’s authorized situation has the Browns in a precarious situation so near coaching camp, in keeping with Cleveland operating again Kareem Hunt.
“Yeah, it’s definitely stressful for them,” Hunt mentioned on Wednesday, per Cleveland.com. Wednesday additionally marked the second day of Watson’s disciplinary listening to with the NFL over a number of sexual assault allegations towards him.
“It’s tough because they’re trying to figure out what pieces they’ve got for the season and what plays they want to put in,” Hunt mentioned. “There’s different plays for Deshaun and [backup] Jacoby [Brissett], different playbook, different things we can do at quarterback.”
Last week, Watson’s legal professional introduced that the previous Texans quarterback agreed to settle 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits filed towards him by therapeutic massage therapists alleging sexual misconduct. Watson has maintained his innocence for the reason that allegations had been first made public in March 2021. The NFL, in the meantime, is looking for not less than a one-year suspension, in keeping with the Associated Press.
“I mean, I really don’t know too much about the whole situation,” mentioned Hunt, including that he’s centered on himself and feeling one hundred pc after struggling calf and ankle accidents final season. “If he misses it, it’s a next-man-up mentality. I’m going to be able to play, and I do know the remainder of the group remains to be going to be able to play. We didn’t have Deshaun final year or the years earlier than.
“We do [talk about it], but we’re more worried about ourselves. It’s a business, man, that’s the biggest thing. You’ve got to worry about yourself, because if you don’t you could not be here.”
Hunt mentioned he hasn’t spoken to Watson concerning the technique of ready for a league suspension. The Pro Bowl operating again was lower by the Chiefs and given an eight-game suspension in 2018 after video of him assaulting a lady in a Cleveland resort as revealed by TMZ.
“Yeah, we talked a little bit, for sure,” Hunt mentioned. “I’m going to keep it between us, but, yeah. It’s a lot, so I just wish him the best, tell him to keep his head up and hopefully things work out.”
The Browns’ acquisition of Watson — in March they traded with the Texans for the quarterback, then inked him to a fully-guaranteed deal value $230 million — resulted in Baker Mayfield requesting a commerce. Mayfield, who was drafted first general by Cleveland in 2018, mentioned he believes each side are “ready to move on” whereas discussing his situation this week at his youth camp in Norman, Okla. He didn’t shut the door on enjoying for Cleveland within the occasion that Watson is suspended for your entire season, although.
“Nah, I think for that to happen there would have to be some reaching out,” Mayfield mentioned, referring to Browns brass.
“I talked to him a month or two ago,” Hunt mentioned of Mayfield, who stays on the Browns roster however was excused from the group’s obligatory minicamp earlier this month. “He’s doing good. He was saying he’s healed up pretty nice from the [shoulder] surgery he had. He’s good now.”