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Browns Super Bowl Odds Slashed After Deshaun Watson Trade

Browns Super Bowl Odds Slashed After Deshaun Watson Trade
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The NFL remains undefeated, even as March Madness rages on. In a stunning turn of events, Deshaun Watson is being traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns after he reportedly changed course and agreed to waive his no-trade clause to go to Cleveland.

Watson is reportedly heading from Houston to Cleveland for three first-round picks, a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick. The news comes less than 24 hours after the Browns were told they were no longer in the running to acquire the three-time Pro Bowl QB.

The Browns, who are also getting a fifth-round pick, seemingly convinced Watson to waive his no-trade clause by ripping up his old contract and handing him a five-year, $230 million deal - one that is entirely guaranteed – according to reports, which is unprecedented in the NFL in its size. The contract sets the record for the most money guaranteed to a player.

DraftKings quickly adjusted NFL futures odds for the Browns. They have gone from +340 to win the AFC North to the favorite with NFL odds of +150, ahead of the Ravens and Bengals (each at +225).

The Browns are now +750 to win the AFC, behind only Kansas City (+450) and Buffalo (+300) and are now +1400 to win Super Bowl 57, a massive jump from +4000 previously. Watson’s MVP odds moved on NFL betting markets from +2200 to +1500, per DraftKings.

How Watson Trade Impacted Browns Markets

MarketBefore TradeAfter Trade
To Win Super Bowl+4000 +1400
To Win AFC+1500 +750
To Win AFC North+340 +150

Odds via DraftKings and subject to change.

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The stunning news means that Baker Mayfield, who requested a trade on Thursday (and was rebuffed by the Browns after it was reported they were out of the running for Watson), is headed out of town. It also brings an end (for now) to one of the most bizarre situations in NFL history.

It began after Watson was informed he would not face criminal charges following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. It culminated with a quasi-free agent period in which he met with the Browns, Falcons, Saints and Panthers as the teams battled to win him over. The Browns were said to be out of the running on Thursday, until Watson seemingly had a change of heart on Friday.


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Watson, who turns 27 in September, sat out all of last year with pay amid the sexual misconduct allegations stemming from his alleged actions at multiple massage parlors.

Prior to that, he requested a trade from the Texans due to general unhappiness with the team's front office. It’s unclear if the NFL will suspend Watson, who still faces 22 civil lawsuits stemming from the allegations.

Shortly after news of the trade, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy released the following statement: "Any transaction would have no effect on the NFL's ongoing and comprehensive investigation of the serious allegations against Deshaun Watson. Nor would it affect his status under the Collective Bargining Agreement and the Personal Conduct Policy.

"If the league's investigation determines that Watson violated the Personal Conduct Policy, discipline may be imposed pursuant to the policy and the CBA."

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