Most agree that the higher the price tag, the higher the likelihood of buyer's remorse. With Watson given a fully guaranteed contract in 2022, the risk of such remorse is likely to be quite high.
According to one analyst, the Browns have a lever they can pull if they want to cut ties with the quarterback. Taking to Twitter, Fox Sports and CBS legal analyst Amy Dash said the team had built a "strong out" into their contract.
This means they could move on from Deshaun Watson if the going gets tough.
"The Browns have built a strong out into the contract. If Watson did in fact get massages from 66 different women in 17 months, lawsuit number 24 may be just the beginning. If more criminal complaints are filed, Browns may decide it is just not worth it..."
The tweet came in response to a post by Jenny Vrentes, a New York Times reporter who wrote an article alleging 66 massage therapists saw Watson in a 17-month span.
Around the same time of the release of the article, two additional victims came forward and accused Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct.
In early 2021, 22 massage therapists accused the quarterback of sexual misconduct during private massage sessions. The accusations put him in criminal court, but he ultimately escaped conviction.
However, the accusations kept Watson off the field in 2021. As it stands, he faces 24 civil lawsuits. An NFL investigation into his acts is also ongoing.
Deshaun Watson's progress halted by sexual misconduct allegations
Deshaun Watson was drafted by the Houston Texans in 2017. By the end of 2019, he had taken his team to the playoffs twice and won a playoff game. After a strong start to his career, many saw 2020 as a "Super Bowl or bust" year for the talented quarterback.
He had a career-year in terms of touchdowns and interceptions, but his side went 4-12. Almost as soon as the season ended, Deshaun Watson was hit with the first of 22 sexual misconduct allegations.
In March, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns, signing a fully guaranteed, five-year deal. But with another wave of accusations coming to light, many have questioned Watson's future with the Browns and in the NFL.