According to a recent report from The Washington Post's Mark Maske, the NFL will argue that Browns QB Deshaun Watson should receive a "significant" suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Maske indicates that "significant" means one full season based on a conversation with someone in Watson's camp. A person familiar with the NFL's position declined to give a precise length but said: "significant would be the proper term." The league is hopeful that the entire disciplinary process, including any potential appeal, will be resolved by the start of training camp. (Mark Maske, The Washington Post)
Watson's situation has been well-documented over the last several months, with 24 civil suits filed against him by women accusing him of sexual misconduct. He has been cleared of criminal charges, and Watson and his attorney maintain his innocence. However, the NFL has been conducting its own investigation, and the league's personal conduct policy does not require criminal charges. According to Maske's report, the NFL is preparing to present the findings of its investigation to Sue L. Robinson, the former U.S. district judge who is the disciplinary officer jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players Association under the conduct policy. If the NFL really does want the matter resolved prior to training camp, then an announcement could be coming soon. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues who have been drafting Watson have been rolling the dice on a potential suspension, and this report makes him an even riskier gamble.