Deshaun Watson will miss the first six weeks of the 2022 NFL season after receiving a six-game suspension from appointed disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson this Monday morning. It's a slap on the wrist, to say the least.
Not only will Watson be eligible to play in 11 of the Browns' 17 regular-season games; the former Clemson star won't even face a severe financial setback.
According to a report, Deshaun Watson will only lose out on $345,000 of his salary.
That may seem like a lot to the rest of us. But for Watson, it only makes up a small portion of his $230 million contract with the Browns.
"According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Watson was not fined. He will also lose only a minuscule portion of his contract due to the structure of his $230 million deal with Cleveland. Watson is slated to miss six of his $57,500 game checks in 2022 for a total of $345,000 lost off his $1.035 million base salary. After this year, Watson’s salary jumps to $46 million in ’23 with a $44.965 million signing bonus, per ESPN," writes Joseph Salvador of SI.com.
A slap on the wrist.
The NFL can appeal to try and lengthen Deshaun Watson's suspension. League officials are soon expected to meet together and make a decision.
Watson can return by Week 7 if the six-game suspension remains intact.