Deshaun Watson is in a ‘different space’ and a ‘very good place’ as he prepares for a full season with the Cleveland Browns after settling 23 sexual misconduct lawsuits.
- Watson was issued an 11-game suspension as a result of the allegations.
- Two grand juries in Texas decided not to indict Watson on criminal charges
- DailyMail.com provides the latest international sports news
Three-time Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson is entering training camp in a “different space” and “a really good place” this year, according to himself and general manager Andrew Berry.
“I think this is going to be a great year for him, both professionally and personally,” Berry said.
“We think he is in great shape physically. He has been very good on the field. And he loves what he’s done off the field. Very excited for him.
Watson began last season with an 11-game suspension due to the NFL’s personal conduct policy after more than 20 women accused him of sexual misconduct or assault during massage sessions.
Two separate grand juries in Texas decided not to indict Watson following the unproven allegations and he has since agreed to settle 23 of the lawsuits.
Browns general manager Andrew Berry said Deshaun Watson is in a “very good place.”
Watson himself also stated that he is in a “different space” compared to last year’s offseason.
It is preparing for its first full season in more than two years due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
Along with the suspension, Watson also had to pay a $5 million fine and undergo a mandatory treatment program before being reinstated from his suspension.
Upon returning, he started the final six games of the season for Cleveland, and his performances made it clear that he was rusty after being forced to spend 700 days between his last start with the Houston Texans and his debut with the Browns as a result of the allegations.
Through the six games, the Browns went 3-3, and Watson recorded 1,102 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. He too had a QBR of 38.3 which ranked 27th in the league.
When he last played for the Texans during the 2020-21 season, Watson had 4,823 yards, 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions as he continued to rise to be considered one of the best QBs in the league.
As for the ‘different space’ he finds himself in this year, Watson said: ‘I feel great, I feel great, comfortable being around the guys, the locker room, the coaching staff, the organization and just the city of Cleveland.
“So to have the opportunity to start the season with a full, locked-in, focused offseason definitely feels good, and I want to continue to channel and appreciate all of that energy and positive energy that’s spread around this organization.”
Watson also indicated that the suspension and the whole situation has changed him, but he did not specify in what way or ways.
Watson was acquired from the Browns in a massive Houston trade deal in March 2022.
Watson was one of the best QBs in the league before his time in Houston ended and he was traded.
“The whole situation changed me,” he said. “In a situation where I just had to focus on myself, channel and really know who I’m surrounding myself with and who’s going to be there and support me even when I’m at my lowest point and the last few years were definitely my lowest point in my life.”
But that is part of life. I just grow from it, learn from it. I keep moving forward and pushing forward and I keep showing my true character, my true personality and who I am.
In terms of his teammates, Watson said he addressed the team and shared details of his personal life that are not known to most of the public.
“Things that people don’t really get to know about,” he said. “Especially last year, it has been the media directing and narrating something else. … [my story] it’s been a bit overshadowed.