Deshaun Watson rejected NFL settlement offer that would have suspended him for less than a year, report says

With the NFL appealing Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension, there’s a very real possibility that his punishment could get worse in the coming weeks.

The NFL originally wanted Watson suspended for at least a year, and now, the league will try to make that happen, he said. CBS Sport NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. Although Judge Sue Robinson ordered the six-game suspension, Roger Goodell on Thursday appointed former New Jersey AG Peter C. Harvey to oversee the appeals hearing, Jones confirmed. Harvey will now have the final say in the case.

The NFL filing an appeal in a case where the NFL is in charge of the appeals process makes it hard to imagine a scenario where the NFL doesn’t add a substantial amount of games to Watson’s suspension.

Watson could have avoided all of this if he had settled his case with the NFL and had the opportunity to do so before Robinson delivered his verdict on Monday. Seconds on ESPN.comin the days leading up to Robinson’s verdict, both the NFL and Watson’s camp tried to reach a settlement.

Although the NFL wanted to see Watson suspended for a full year, the league was willing to reduce that number in a settlement. Seconds ESPN and Sports Illustrated, the NFL’s final settlement offer was this: Watson would be suspended for 12 games and also fined $8 million to $10 million.

Watson’s team rejected the offer because it was unwilling to accept any deal that would suspend the quarterback for more than six to eight games. Watson was also unwilling to accept a heavy fine, according to ESPN.com.

Watson essentially bet himself on not accepting the NFL’s offer, and it looks more and more like he’s going to lose that bet. Had Watson accepted the 12-game suspension, he could have put all of that behind him, but instead, he could now be hit with an indefinite suspension of at least a year.

At this point, it feels like the best case scenario The scenario for Watson is now a 12-game suspension. With his six-game suspension currently on appeal, that gives the two sides more time to work out a potential settlement, meaning Watson could have another chance to make a deal with the NFL.

The fact that the NFL was willing to accept a 12-game ban in a potential deal, rather than a one-year suspension, is no coincidence. Seconds on Yahoo SportsThe NFL absolutely does not want to see Watson play against the Texans in Week 13, and one way to prevent him from doing so would be to suspend him for 12 games (if he were to get a 12-game suspension, the Texans game would be the final game he would have to sit).

If there is no settlement and Watson’s suspension ends up being extended by the NFL, there is a very real possibility that this case will end up in federal court. However, Josina Anderson, CBS Sports NFL Insider reported on Thursday that Watson’s camp has not made a decision on whether to file a federal lawsuit. According to Anderson, Watson’s legal team will wait to see what happens on appeal. If the suspension goes up to 12 games, they might just go along and not file a lawsuit. On the other hand, if you get banned for a year or more, it won’t be surprising at all if a lawsuit is filed.

Whatever happens, this is far from over. As for the appeal process, Watson’s camp has until Friday to respond to the NFL’s appeal. After that, the decision on Watson’s suspension will rest squarely in Harvey’s hands.

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