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Look: Full Details Of Deshaun Watson's Contract Are Out

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 08: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans looks to pass during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 08, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns made the controversial decision to acquire Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. They made the deal official Sunday, announcing that they're sending three-first round picks, a 2023 third, and a 2024 fourth to Houston for Watson and a 2024 fifth.

Cleveland also awarded Watson a record-setting five-year, $230 million contract with the most guaranteed money in NFL history.

Jack Duffin detailed the year-to-year breakdown of the quarterback's unprecedented new contract.

The NFL's salary cap is highly malleable. While those cap hits seem like insurmountable amounts that could doom Cleveland after this season, some maneuvering will likely ease those woes.

Duffin laid out a 2023 restructuring that would significantly reduce next season's cap hit by adding a voidable year at the end of Watson's deal. Although that would seemingly delay and compound their future problems, Duffin speculates that the Browns would then agree to an extension "to kick that can even further down the road."

It's nevertheless an eye-popping arrangement that shows how desperate Cleveland was to recruit the 26-year-old. In addition to all that guaranteed money, the Browns also arranged the contract so that Watson won't face much financial ramifications for his sexual assault allegations.

His base salary takes a gargantuan leap from $1 million in 2022 to $46 million in each of the next four years. This means he'll lose far less money if the NFL suspends him this season amid 22 active civil suits for sexual assault and misconduct.

Despite these allegations, the Browns paid an exorbitant price in draft capital, money, and public perception to obtain Watson. Owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam released a statement saying they "spent a tremendous amount of time exploring and investigating the opportunity" to acquire Watson and "will respect due process" in his cases.

For better or worse, the Browns are indelibly linked to Watson for the foreseeable future.