The Cleveland Browns were rumored to be committed to Deshaun Watson but it seemed that he didn’t want them. In an extraordinary turn of events, he did end up choosing the Browns. They recently held a press conference for him and it left Rich Eisen feeling very confused.
The Texans and Deshaun Watson fell off quite some time ago but the only reason his trade took so long to happen was the potential criminal charges he was facing. When a grand jury stated that Watson wouldn’t face any criminal charges, all the QB needy teams were clamoring over him. Ultimately, the Texans didn’t have much say in the matter due to Watson’s no-trade clause.
That clause meant Watson could basically pick the team he wanted to play for. As such, he met with the Browns, Falcons and Saints to hear what they would offer and see if he wanted to be a part of their future. Watson came out of the Browns meeting seemingly having decided that he wouldn’t be in Cleveland.
Because of that, it was all the more surprising when Watson announced that he would be playing for the Browns. However, Rich Eisen found his first press conference with the team to be even more surprising than that.
Rich Eisen was shocked by Deshaun Watson’s press conference with the Browns
On a segment of his show, ‘The Rich Eisen Show’, Rich Eisen was quoted saying “It looked like a funeral. Didn’t look like anything saying ‘we’re introducing the biggest acquisition of the team.’ It didn’t look like they were saying ‘we’re introducing the highest-paid player in the history of the game.’ It didn’t look anything like that, it looked like a funeral.”
Eisen further added “Part of that has to do with the fact that Deshaun Watson hasn’t said a word publicly. A lot of that may be forced by his lawyer but it also is the situation that you created around you. All of the questions about his criminal liability have been out there until this week when 2 separate grand juries denied to charge him criminally. The one question I had left was why so many masseuses?” Because it relates to whether these civil suits are viable.”
Watson actually answered the question at the press conference saying “40 was just over the time. It’s not just over one period of time. I’ve been in Houston for 5 years and you just go to different people. I can’t get too far in the details but as businesses work and you move and meet different people and people have different schedules, you kinda meet people over time.”
Eisen responded to Watson being asked about the masseuses with “His answer was not satisfactory. It sounds like someone trying to avoid giving you a straight answer. All I’m saying to the Browns is I guess you’re gonna have a guy going through this with you? He’s your starting quarterback and all of this guaranteed money is going to him and this remains open-ended? It gives a lot of people pause.”
Eisen brings up a very good point about Deshaun Watson and his future. It seems like things will be ok but it’s not fully guaranteed. Along with that, the NFL hasn’t issued any punishment and it’s unclear whether or not they will but it’s not hard to imagine a suspension coming for Watson.