Settlement “completely possible” for Watson after expressing remorse?

After appeals officer and former New Jersey attorney general Peter C. Harvey failed to announce a decision on Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson before Friday’s preseason opener at the Jacksonville Jaguars, Watson publicly apologized “to all women I have touched in this situation” regarding allegations of sexual misconduct during massage sessions.

It seems those words could do Watson and the Browns some good.

Ahead of Friday’s developments, it was reported that “an agreed resolution between the NFL and the NFL Players Association may still occur” even if the league appeals Watson’s six-game suspension originally recommended by the disciplinary officer. of NFL Sue L. Robinson. With the NFL wanting Watson ineligible for a year, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote on Monday afternoon that sources say a “settlement remains very possible” between the teams as the Browns prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“Watson’s sudden turn to remorse is surely part of the effort to negotiate a better result than he would have otherwise experienced,” Florio added.

The 26-year-old has previously denied any wrongdoing and asked his legal side to settle 23 of the 24 civil lawsuits against him. Two grand juries declined to indict him on criminal charges.

“True or not, Watson apparently realized he was getting closer to being caught on the wrong side of checkmate,” Florio explained. “Even though the NFL Players Association has grand plans to challenge a longer suspension in federal court, the fact remains that the NFL has always prevailed – and the CBA was specifically negotiated to reserve the final say. to the league after other high-profile suspensions worked their way through the court system.”

A report came out last week that Watson would “accept an eight-game suspension and a $5 million fine to avoid missing the entire season,” but it’s unclear if the NFL is offering that exact punishment in every game. settlement discussions. As it stands, Watson remains available to train and play against Philadelphia and the Chicago Bears on August 27.

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