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But it's not a sunk cost. There is value in having a good season and contending for the playoffs. Baker Mayfield maximizes their chances of doing that.In the eyes of the CLE execs, it's all sunk cost, the current and long term cash they're sending to the new QB, the draft picks they gave up, and the money they'll eat on the old QB, and the games they'll lose because the new QB is gonna be suspended. You and I can figure out the cost in rough terms, the CLE execs have access to staff and to consulting entities that can draw it all out in fine detail, yet they still went ahead.
Except Cleveland doesn't have their first rounder next year. There's no incentive to tank.It really is the same process in my mind as NBA tanking. The team is willing to commit to several seasons of really bad basketball and piss off fans by dumping decent players they have supported for years while having to pay full price to see scrubs play. The main idea is the fans will put up with a few seasons of watching scrubs because they have short memories and they're being fed one of the most powerful drugs there is, hope.
He lowered it to 1 not 10. His base salary NEXT year is 46 Mil.I think you are right... And I think they are angling to get this over quick as possible... Watson used the Brady strategy from deflate gate and lowered this year's base salary to 10m so if he gets suspended he doesn't lose the big dollars coming his way in 2023... What's a 5 or 6m penalty when he's going to get 46m next year...
If the new QB is out for the year, your point strengthens. If he becomes available for their 9th game it weakens.But it's not a sunk cost. There is value in having a good season and contending for the playoffs. Baker Mayfield maximizes their chances of doing that.
Sure the $20 million is gone, but if you have to pay him $20 million, you may as well keep him. Why pay him $20 million to play QB for some other team when you need a QB (assuming Watson gets suspended for the year)? Keep in mind that the alternative is Jacoby Brissett who is a quality backup, but not as good as Mayfield.
Except Cleveland doesn't have their first rounder next year. There's no incentive to tank.
So it looks like the NFL/WFT team strategy is to say this was looked at, fine & suspension was imposed and the team has changed its conduct since then. Nothing to look at here, it's all in the past.
What a brilliant strategy. Lol
And how, precisely, does he do that? Quite honestly, him not showing up for the actual season would be doing the Browns the biggest favor imaginable. He screws them over by showing up on time and doing everything he contractually needs to do.When the NFL suspends Watson, Mayfield better hold the Browns hostage.
Who would be a better option?And how, precisely, does he do that? Quite honestly, him not showing up for the actual season would be doing the Browns the biggest favor imaginable. He screws them over by showing up on time and doing everything he contractually needs to do.
For the Browns, there is no better option than Mayfield (assuming Watson loses the entire season).Who would be a better option?
If they want him to stay and not get traded, they will have to pay for that.For the Browns, there is no better option than Mayfield (assuming Watson loses the entire season).
I answered your question, now please answer mine: How exactly should Mayfield "hold the Browns hostage"...? There is really nothing he can do which doesn't hurt himself more than the team.
But each lawsuit is tried separately and has to stand on its own. This isn't a class action suit.No. It’s 24 who filed suite. Not all his accusers have filed suite (although 2 more are supposed to come in shortly).
But that's not what is happening. Baker was excused from mini-camp. He didn't attend OTAs. There's word CLE is willing to eat half his salary to get CAR to take him in a trade. They want him out, regardless of Watson's suspension (1 mo or 1 yr).If you really think the QB is out for the year, you know you aren't going to transition this season so you banish him so there is no question on who the QB is, and you make nice with Baker. You don't have the new QB in for mini-camp, you excuse him. Yet CLE had him in. I'd say that suggests they feel it will be less than a full season.
Which speaks to the power of having a good lawyer NOT to whether the allegations are true or not. When a jury finds a defendant "not guilty", it doesn't find them innocent.But each lawsuit is tried separately and has to stand on its own. This isn't a class action suit.
True case: young black man (no prior criminal record) gets accused of groping a woman's vagina in a bar. The accuser is a white female firefighter, as is her husband and her gf, all witnessess to the alleged assault. State charges the man with battery. Woman was a good witness, cried on the stand and everything. State had an open and shut case. Then my daughter started her cross examination. Jury found the man not guilty.
Thankfully for that young man, we live in a Country were mere accusations aren't enough to convict. A lot can happen in a court, civil or criminal. It's perfectly fine for lay people to opine on a persons guilt or innocence w/o hearing the entirety of a case. Jurors don't have that benefit.
Watson's attorney, Rusty Hardin has represented and won favorable verdicts for athletes such as Rudy Tomjanovich, Warren Moon, Michael Bennet, Wade Boggs, Rafer Alston, Scottie Pippen, Kurt Busch, Steve Francis, Calvin Murphy, and Roger Clemens. He's a bad Mfer.