Watson hasn’t played in an NFL game since January 2021, his last game as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans. His relationship with his former team soured and Watson wanted a trade last season. But by October, the allegations against him had surfaced, bringing a criminal investigation—which ended with no charges being filed—and the likelihood of an eventual suspension which made a mid-season trade last season impossible.


He was ultimately traded to the Browns in March after two Texas grand juries declined to indict him. The Browns signed him to a record 10-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million.