Deshaun Watson has reached confidential settlements with 20 of the 24 women who have filed civil lawsuits against him, according to attorney Tony Buzbee. Buzbee adds that the original plaintiff, Ashley Solis, has not reached a settlement and that Solis and the other three remaining plaintiffs intend to move forward with their cases. (Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
This is significant news, but it is unclear how this will affect any potential punishment from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league office. The NFL has been conducting its own investigation, and the league's personal conduct policy does not require a decision or formal charges to hand out a significant suspension. A recent report from The Washington Post's Mark Maske indicated that the league was planning to suspend Watson for a full season, and such a suspension is presumably still on the table even with these settlements.