Deshaun Watson reports to Browns for first offseason program – WSB-TV Channel 2

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CLEVELAND — (AP) — Deshaun Watson has reported for his first offseason program with the Cleveland Browns, who mortgaged their future by acquiring the controversial quarterback in a trade.

As the snow was falling, Watson arrived at the team’s facility in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday for the volunteer program. Browns posted a photo on Twitter of Watsonwearing a heavy winter jacket, before entering the building.

One of the reasons Watson initially pushed the Browns away was because of the cold weather.

Desperate to find an elite QB, Cleveland traded three first-round picks and three more in March to Houston for Watson, who faces 22 civil lawsuits from women accusing him of sexual misconduct during massage therapy sessions.

Watson also faces discipline from the NFL, which is investigating whether he violated the league’s personal conduct policy.

The three-time Pro Bowl QB has claimed his innocence. Two Texas grand juries declined to indict him on any criminal charges. However, Watson is still grappling with civil lawsuits and has made depositions in recent weeks.

The Browns did their own background check on Watson, and owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam felt so confident in the search — and after meeting Watson personally — that they signed him to a $230 million contract. fully guaranteed after waiving his no-trade clause to come to Cleveland.

Watson’s move effectively ended quarterback Baker Mayfield’s four-year run with the Browns, who are looking to trade the former No. 1 overall pick but find a limited market, in part because of his $18.8 million contract for next season.

Mayfield is not expected to participate in the team’s offseason program. He is rehabilitating his surgically repaired left shoulder.

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