The Cleveland Browns are expected to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Friday.
Rapoport and Pelissero added that trade compensation has yet to be finalized, but Watson has made the decision to waive his no-trade clause to go to Cleveland after also meeting with the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers this week.
Watson will receive a five-year, fully guaranteed $230 million contract from the Browns, per Rapoport.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2022
Quickly after the news broke, the internet did its thing.
See all the viral tweets below:
Deshaun Watson getting ready for Cleveland! pic.twitter.com/UrAVuaZmBh
— SideAction (@SideActionHQ) March 18, 2022
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Amari Cooper cleaning out Baker Browns locker for Deshaun Watson pic.twitter.com/dwMo1iEW7l
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) March 18, 2022
The Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes… pic.twitter.com/AfP0ViS01v
— TPS (@TotalProSports) March 18, 2022
First look at Deshaun Watson as a Brown pic.twitter.com/P0ejG3ooPb
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) March 18, 2022
The Deshaun Watson trade saga ultimately landing him in Cleveland pic.twitter.com/fLgLuRa3mN
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) March 18, 2022
The news of Watson’s expected trade comes two days after it was reported that the Browns had been the first team eliminated from a potential deal.
What a turn of events!
Now we’ll all patiently wait for Baker to be traded.
Don’t hold your breath.