It appears that Deshan Watson’s team and the NFL are currently in talks to settle Watson’s suspension.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, appeals officer Peter Harvey is taking his time with his decision in the hopes that Watson and the NFL figure things outs.
Settlement remains very possible in the Deshaun Watson case. That continues to be the best explanation for the ongoing delay in the issuance of a final ruling. https://t.co/YctdPxP39A
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 15, 2022
Appeals officer Peter Harvey continues to delay his decision in the Deshaun Watson case, apparently not because he’s undecided or procrastinating. Harvey is believed to be waiting to see whether the league and Watson can work out a deal.
The possibility of settlement remains viable, we’re told. Currently, it could go either way. As such things usually do. But this one truly falls into the toss-up category. We’ll wait and see if the NFL and Watson can find a middle ground.
Last week it was reported that Watson had offered to settle for 8 games and a $5 million fine.
I’m told Deshaun Watson would accept an 8-game suspension and $5 million fine in a settlement. Of course, league wants at least 17 games, significant fine over $5 million & evaluation for treatment. So this would be a significant compromise. But it would end it.
— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) August 11, 2022
Two weeks ago, the NFL reportedly offered a 12-game suspension with an $8 million fine.
Per sources, Deshaun Watson and the NFL did engage in further settlement talks in recent days, but neither side felt they got close. The best Watson’s side indicated it would accept was 6-8 games. Best league indicated it was willing to do was 12 games + heavy fine $8 mil range).
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) August 1, 2022
It’ll be interesting to see if the Watson and the NFL end up settling the case before Harvey makes his decision on the case.