Deshaun Watson has rejected an NFL settlement provide that might have suspended him for lower than a yr.

With the NFL now appealing Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension, there’s a very good chance his punishment will get worse in the coming weeks.

The NFL originally wanted Watson suspended for at least a year, and now the league will push to make that happen. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. Although Judge Sue Robinson ordered the six-game suspension, Roger Goodell on Thursday appointed former New Jersey AG Peter C. Harvey to oversee the appeals hearing, Jones confirmed. Harvey will now have the last word in the case.

With the NFL filing an appeal in a case where the NFL is in charge of the appeals process, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the NFL doesn’t add multiple games to Watson’s suspension.

Watson could have avoided all of this if he had settled his case with the NFL and had the chance to do so before Robinson announced her decision on Monday. According to to ESPN.comin the days before Robinson’s sentencing, both the NFL and Watson’s camp tried to reach an agreement.

While the NFL wanted Watson suspended for the entire year, the league was willing to reduce that number during the settlement. According to ESPN and Sports Illustrated.The NFL’s final settlement offer was that Watson would be suspended for 12 games and also fined between $8 million and $10 million.

Watson’s team rejected the offer because they didn’t want to accept any deal that would suspend the quarterback for more than six to eight games. Watson also did not want to accept a large fine, according to

Watson was essentially gambling by not accepting an NFL offer, and it looks increasingly like he will lose that gamble. Had Watson agreed to a 12-game suspension, he could have waived it all, but instead he could now face an indefinite ban of at least one year.

At the moment it seems that at best Watson’s script is now a 12-game suspension. With his six-game suspension currently under appeal, it actually gives the two sides more time to negotiate a potential deal, meaning Watson could get another chance to come to terms with the NFL.

That the NFL was willing to accept a 12-game suspension in a potential settlement — instead of a one-year suspension — is no coincidence. According to Yahoo Sports.The NFL doesn’t want Watson playing at all Texans in Week 13, and one way to keep him from doing that would be to suspend him for 12 games (if he were to serve a 12-game suspension, the Texans game would be the last game he would have to sit out).

If there is no settlement and the NFL extends Watson’s suspension, there is a very good chance that this case will end up in federal court. However, CBS Sports NFL Insider Josina Anderson reported on Thursday that Watson’s camp has not made a decision on whether to file a federal lawsuit. According to Anderson, Watson’s legal team will wait to see what happens on appeal. If the suspension is reduced to 12 games, they can just accept it and not file a lawsuit. On the other hand, if he gets banned for a year or more, it’s not at all surprising that a lawsuit will be filed.

Whatever happens, it’s far from over. As for the appeals process, Watson’s camp has until Friday to respond to the NFL’s appeal. After that, the decision to suspend Watson will fall into Harvey’s hands.

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