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Radio Host Suggests Deshaun Watson Could Miss 2 Seasons

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)

A few days ago, Deshaun Watson's lawyer Rusty Hardin revealed that his client hasn't yet been interviewed by the NFL about the sexual misconduct allegations against him. One major radio host thinks this portends very bad news for Watson's NFL career.

The Houston Texans quarterback, who was trying to force a trade before the allegations by 22 women against him came out. Now, his 2021 season looks to be in serious jeopardy. While the legal proceedings won't wrap up until next year at the earliest, barring a settlement which both sides continue to deny will come, he could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list for the fall as things play out.

Ben Maller of FOX Sports Radio thinks that the fact that the NFL hasn't even gotten the ball rolling on interviewing Watson means he likely won't play for upwards of two years. At 25, Watson would still be in his prime, but it is would pretty effectively derail one of the most promising young quarterback careers in the league.

"If you look at the timeline on this, barring a drastic sea change, Deshaun Watson will not be playing in an NFL game until at the very minimum 2023," Maller said on his radio show this week. "That’s the earliest. If everything plays out the way it's playing out, he's going to be done until at least 2023.

"How did I get to that point? He’s going to be put on the Commissioner’s Exempt List – that’s going to happen likely in the next month before training camp opens up," he continued. "That means he will be out for the balance of the 2021 season. He will be getting a paid vacation."

Maller says that the current timeline likely lends to a late spring trial for Watson. Even after potentially missing this whole season, the NFL doesn't reduce further punishments for time served, Maller says, and if Watson loses his civil case, he faces another long suspension.

Watson was one of the NFL's best QBs last year, even as the Houston Texans struggled as a team. Now, if Maller is right, he may not get a chance to build on it until 2023.

[FOX Sports Radio]