The NFL owners meeting is underway as the 2022 offseason gets into full gear. But one NFL owner may be experiencing some backlash for a recent organizational decision.
In his recent Football Morning in America column, NFL insider Peter King wrote that Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam are "not the most popular people" at the meetings. They are effectively getting the "cold shoulder," as ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio described it, over their controversial trade for Deshaun Watson this month.
Per his sources, there is "lots of grumbling" over the Browns' decision to trade for Watson amid serious allegations. He quoted one anonymous executive who said the deal "stinks to high heaven."
"[Jimmy and Dee Haslam are] not the most popular people at the league meetings on Sunday," King wrote. "I heard lots of grumbling from those who think a) trading six picks for a player who may be found guilty of heinous offenses or b) signing Watson to the richest guaranteed contract in league history and giving him an $80-million raise 'stinks to high heaven,' as one team exec said. The Haslams had to know it was coming, and now that they’ve traded for and signed Watson, it’s not going away."
The Cleveland Browns knew they would be courting controversy when they made that blockbuster trade for Deshaun Watson. They would have to be insane not to expect some sort of league wide reaction.
That isn't to say that the Browns will feel any consequences for the move. But there's likely going to be a cooldown period where they're among the most hated teams in the league.
And that's to say nothing of what the fan response will be.
Should the Browns owners be getting the "cold shoulder" for the Deshaun Watson trade?