ESPN's Field Yates revealed on Wednesday that Watson's new contract includes a $44.965 million signing bonus. The salary breakdown is more interesting though.
Watson is due to make just $1.035 million in 2022. Clearly the Browns are anticipating that Watson will miss time this year as a result of the ongoing litigation against him.
But Watson will make $46 million in each of the four following seasons. All told, Watson will make $230 million fully guaranteed.
NFL fans are largely disgusted with how the Browns made this contract. Everyone agrees that the Browns know that Watson is going to be suspended for conduct violations and designed his contract specifically to mitigate their risk.
We can debate the morality of the Cleveland Browns trading for Deshaun Watson forever. But the Browns have made their priorities clear: They want to win.
To that end, they mortgaged the future (and effectively betrayed one of the players who helped get them out of the doldrums) in order to upgrade at quarterback.
Simply put, if Watson leads the Browns to the Super Bowl for the first time ever, it will have been worth it. If he doesn't, the Browns will be one of the NFL's most despised franchises for years to come.
It's a big gamble. Will it pay off?