As the past three weeks have seen a string of negative events for the Browns quarterback Deshawn Watsonsome wondered if the Browns would be able to cancel the deal with the Texans at some point.
Houston general manager Nick Caserio, who appeared on SportsRadio 610 Thursday, was asked about the possibility about the Browns pulling out of the deal months after the fact.
“Any deal – forget about this particular one – any deal that takes place, so there’s a process that you have to go through,” Caserio said. “Teams negotiate it, and then once you agree to it, it gets passed to the league. The transaction is processed and sent to the league file. Unless someone is going to go in there, you know, at night wearing a mask and try to break into a computer, and can do a cyberattack like that, I’m not sure there’s anything that can be done.
“No different from a day trade in the draft. Although it happens more in real time. You have an agreement, okay, you’re in league. Or we have a deal, we have an agreement, we send papers, and everything goes on as usual. If I missed something, or if [you] call Goodell and ask him for an interpretation and opinion, I would say that any trades have happened in the past and now we are just focused on training camp and moving forward with the team.”
Caserio is right. At this point, nothing can be done. The trade took place. It’s over. It’s done. The Browns knew or should have known about the Watson circumstances. They took the risk of more lawsuits. They took the risk of more negative media coverage. They took the risk of giving one or more adverse sentences to Watson. They took the risk of what the league might do to Watson under the Personal Conduct Policy.
If that fails for the Browns, they can’t blame the Texans. The Browns allowed themselves to get carried away by the four-team pursuit of Watson and appeared to have overlooked or underestimated the potential problems that could still arise for the team and the player.
The cure for the Browns is not to back down now. Then the cure for the Browns was to back off. Instead, after Watson pulled them out of the competition, they made an offer he couldn’t refuse and won the race.
While the Browns would never admit they would like it, the other three teams are certainly happy about it.