3 Brown’s backup plans if Deshaun Watson is suspended

The Cleveland Browns are cornered with Deshaun Watson. If he’s suspended, where will they go for good quarterback play?

Cleveland and Watson would consider it a win if he was suspended less than a full season. The NFL and Watson are meeting with a Roger Goodell umpire this week who will help determine the quarterback’s fate.

Watson is likely to be suspended for a while over a series of sexual misconduct allegations. While the majority of civil cases have been settled, some remain and the League Office has been watching all along.

It is undeniable that Watson’s actions justify punishment somehow. The Browns have no reason to be surprised by these developments either, having done their own research before trading and then signing Watson on a long-term extension. They knew what they were getting themselves into.

So where should Cleveland go from here? There are at least 3 possible short-term solutions for the Browns while they wait for Watson to be suspended – however long that may be.

Cleveland Browns Solutions: Contact Baker Mayfield

Mayfield remains on the list as Cleveland struggles to find a trading partner to take on the majority of his remaining contract. As for Baker, he commented on the matter on Tuesday and said he would only consider a reunion if the Browns made a sustained effort. While he’s grateful for his time with the organization, both sides appear to have moved on and that’s fine.

Cleveland Browns Solutions: Trade for another option

The best quarterbacks out there not named Baker Mayfield are Sam Darnold and Jimmy Garoppolo. Jimmy G has a lot of the baggage that Baker has – in that he’s talented and has a big contract. So that doesn’t quite add up. But what about Darnold?

If Cleveland didn’t already have a backup they trust, Darnold would make sense. Carolina is considered one of the best trading options for Mayfield, so they could just trade quarterbacks. However, the main reason why that won’t happen is this:

Cleveland Brown’s Answers: Stand Pat with Jacoby Brissett

Brissett hasn’t been a starting format quarterback in a couple of years, but he got a chance at Miami last season. Tua Tagovailoa has been fickle at best and injury prone.

Brissett is an experienced signalman the Browns can rely on in the short term while Watson is serving his suspension. He won’t take them to the Super Bowl, but Cleveland has strong ground attack and can shape the offense around a more limited passer if needed.

https://fansided.com/2022/06/29/browns-deshaun-watson-3-plans/ 3 Brown’s backup plans if Deshaun Watson is suspended

John Verrall

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