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The Haslams' Reveal Other Owners' Reactions To Deshaun Watson Trade

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson

BEREA, OHIO - MARCH 25: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns is introduced by general manager Andrew Berry (L) and head coach Kevin Stefanski during a press conference at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus on March 25, 2022 in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Despite reports of "a lot of grumblings" amongst NFL owners in response to the Browns' trade for Deshaun Watson and his subsequent extension, Cleveland owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam haven't gotten the sense that that's the case.

Asked by a group of reporters Tuesday about his run-ins with colleagues at the NFL's annual owners meetings, Jimmy Haslam said they were “normal."

"Yeah, I mean, really good,” Haslam exclaimed. “I saw Peter King’s story, and there may be people that don’t want to say something to your face, but we’ve had great interactions with the owners like we always do. So we’ve noticed no difference.” In King's "Football Morning In America" column, the longtime NFL writer said Haslam's fellow owners thought trading six picks and giving a player “who may be found guilty of heinous offenses” $80 million more guaranteed dollars than any player in NFL history “stinks to high heaven.” But, if the other owners have any disdain for the Haslam's, they've certainly been hiding it well this week. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is already on-record that he didn't like the move. Telling ESPN.com, “I don’t know that [Watson] should’ve been the first guy to get a fully guaranteed contract. To me, that’s something that’s groundbreaking, and it’ll make negotiations harder with others.’'

Jimmy Haslam also said he spoke to commissioner Roger Goodell about Deshaun Watson. But admitted, "it’s probably appropriate that stays between [Goodell and I]."

Adding, they've had "good conversations.”