NFLPA Responds to NFL Deshaun Watson’s Call

The NFLPA had two business days to give a brief to respond to the NFL’s Deshaun Watson appeal. The union, as expected, continued to provide a summary of the response (Twitter Link).

This matter now goes to the appellate appointed Peter Harvey, who Roger Goodell Dedicated to hearing the university’s appeal. Harvey helped the NFL formulate its own personal conduct policy, and the fact that Goodell picked him to hear his charisma about Watson’s six-game suspension indicates that the league is confident more games will be canceled in the Browns’ quarterback ban.

That this happens puts the NFLPA in a place where a It looks like a court fight is possible. Since the union has not resumed Sue Robinson banned for six matchesWatson will miss the first six games of the season. However, it could make it a court battle on the field right after that. A preliminary injunction, in which the courts deal with the matter, that would put Watson in a position to play — assuming the league’s CBA is stuck in court — serves two separate suspensions. Or, the union’s legal effort fails before that seventh-week window, and Watson serves a longer suspension covering most or all of the 2022 season. Tom Brady And the Ezekiel Elliot They played under orders, but all of them served stops set by Goodell on later dates.

The NFL is Once again seeking to suspend the entire seasongoal over the past several weeks. Robinson Watson’s ruling violated the league’s personal conduct policy by committing sexual assault during massage therapy sessions giving Harvey the ability to further his suspension. In the absence of a full-season suspension, the league wants to significantly increase Watson’s fine. The structure of Watson’s contract for the Browns, which had been giving the former Texas Pro Bowler player a lower league salary to reduce his financial penalty in the event of a suspension, did not sit well with the NFL.

settlement talks Between the NFL and the NFLPA it happened periodically, and more clarity emerged as to what each side was willing to accept. The NFLPA spent weeks arguing that Watson shouldn’t be suspended at all, but Dan Graziano reports from The federation was willing to accept an eight-match ban. The shortest absence he was willing to allow was 12 games. If the 12-game suspension was to be set by a settlement, Graziano adds that the NFL also wanted Watson to be fined in the $8 million range.

The Watson camp was unwilling to go hand in hand with the NFL’s push for an indefinite suspension, according to’s Mike Garavolo, who described the component as a key driver in cutting settlement talks (video Link). As it stands now, Watson is set to lose less than $500,000 from his six-game ban. Absence for an entire season would only cost him his $1 million base salary.

The process, which has included 25 civil suits against the recently traded quarterback, will be designed to end quickly, according to’s Jeff Darlington (at Twitter). No additional hearings imminent, just Harvey’s decision. After that, it can extend to court. Brown is set to give their core work to Jacobi Brisset During Watson’s absence, with Josh Dobbs And the Josh Rosen Serve as backup options.