Report: Settlement talks between NFL, NFLPA and Deshaun Watson ‘collapsed’

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Last week, we pointed out that a negotiated resolution to the discipline of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson was possible, but unlikely. The problem was that Watson, as of last week, had been determined to clear his name.

With Watson settling 20 of the 24 cases pending against him, this will perhaps lay the groundwork for a settlement between the league, union and Watson.

CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson reports that negotiations have indeed taken place. However, the talkscollapsedregarding the extent of the sentence.

Negotiated discipline is not without precedent. The result is announced as the penalty being final, with the player waiving his appeal rights.

Complicating matters for Watson is the fact that there is no precedent for the new procedure which begins with the NFL proposing a penalty, continues with an independent disciplinary officer setting discipline, if where applicable, and the commissioner having jurisdiction over any player or team appeal. Unless the Disciplinary Officer decides not to impose any discipline, Goodell has the final say in sentencing.

The best outcome for Watson would be to settle everything. Settle lawsuits. Regulate discipline. Serve the suspension. And then come back, play good football, win games, stay out of trouble, and in time much of this incident will be forgotten. Just like for Ben Roethlisberger.

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