Last week, Roger Goodell and the NFL decided to appeal Deshaun Watson's six-game suspension, which was determined by appointed disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson.
Today, Goodell confirmed he and the NFL are fighting for a season-long suspension based on the evidence they've poured over. If successful, Watson could miss the entire 2022 season and face a significant fine.
Browns owner Jimmy Haslem, who attended the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday, spoke to reporters about the NFL's appeal. Let's just say he's not willing to discuss much.
"I'll just say we'll respect and honor the process," he said.
If Deshaun Watson misses the 2022 season in its entirety, the Cleveland Browns are going to be in some trouble. In that scenario, they would have to turn to Jacoby Brissett. Or, the team could look to the quarterback market again.
There's no mistaking that the Browns can be a playoff team this upcoming season. As such, it's highly unlikely the AFC North franchise would be comfortable with Brissett under center for the year. Instead, the team could look at Jimmy Garoppolo as a viable option.
The good news is the Browns don't have to worry about anything just yet. The NFL appeal process is expected to take some time.
Until then, the team simply has to prepare for the current situation of Watson serving a six-game suspension and Brissett becoming the temporary starter.