Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was handed a six-game ban on Monday. We look at how Watson’s suspension will impact the Browns’ chances for 2022 and their top futures picks.
Former judge Sue L. Robinson announced on Monday, Aug. 1 that Watson will be suspended for the first six games of the 2022 NFL season due to “nonviolent sexual conduct.” The Cleveland Browns acquired and signed him during the offseason.
While the league will get three days to appeal the ruling, it seems Watson won’t make his debut with the team until Week 7, when Cleveland visits the rival Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 23.
The Browns were priced as high as +2200 (via DraftKings Sportsbook) to win the 2023 Super Bowl, with +100 odds (via FanDuel Sportsbook) of making the playoffs as of July 22. Let’s look at changes in those futures odds and the new picks to make for the Browns’ 2022 season.
The Browns' odds to win the Super Bowl dropped significantly when they first acquired Watson from the Houston Texans as the heir apparent to former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. They opened at +4000 and immediately were lowered to +2000 at Caesars Sportsbook.