NFL News

5 Key Stories: 6/12/22 – 6/19/22

5 Key Stories: 6/12/22 – 6/19/22

In case you missed some of the top stories around the NFL this past week, here’s a quick recap:

  • Watson’s Camp, NFLPA Expecting Lengthy Suspension: A final decision is looming with respect to league discipline being handed down to Browns QB Deshaun Watson, and all parties involved expect a “significant” suspension to be announced. Watson is facing 24 lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct and/or sexual assault, and recent reports have shed more light on the scale of his actions. The Browns committed significant draft capital and a fully-guaranteed $230MM contract to acquire him, but it appears to be very much in doubt that he will see the field in 2022.
  • Steelers Extend Fitzpatrick: As expected, Pittsburgh made a long-term deal with All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick a top priority. New general manager Omar Khan got a deal finalized with the 25-year-old, which will make him the league’s highest-paid safety ($18.4MM per year) when it kicks in. He is set to play on the fifth-year option in 2022, but he is now on the books for another four years beyond that.
  • Snyder Won’t Testify To House Oversight Committee: Commanders owner Dan Snyder will not be appearing before the House Oversight Committee to testify about the workplace culture of the team, something which has been the subject of a lengthy investigation. A letter sent from his attorney explains that Snyder is unavailable for the scheduled date of his attendance, June 22, and states that he would be willing to testify at another time.
  • Browns, Panthers Still Discussing Mayfield Trade: It has long been known that QB Baker Mayfield will be on his way out of Cleveland soon, leading to plenty of speculation that he will end up in Carolina. The two sides have continued trade talks involving the former No. 1 pick, which date back to the draft. Some members of the Panthers’ front office would still prefer acquiring Mayfield to the alternative of a Sam DarnoldMatt Corral pairing, but finances remain the largest…

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