Deshaun Watson has rejected an NFL settlement offer that would have suspended him for less than a year, the report said

With the NFL now appealing Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension, there’s a very real 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 be looking to actually make that happen, the statement said CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones. Though Judge Sue Robinson ordered the six-game suspension, Roger Goodell on Thursday appointed former New Jersey AG Peter C. Harvey to oversee the appeal hearing, Jones has confirmed. Harvey will now have the final say in the case.

The NFL’s appeal in a case where the NFL has jurisdiction over the appeal process makes it hard to imagine a scenario in which the NFL would not add a significant number of games to Watson’s suspension.

Watson could have avoided all of this if he had settled his case with the NFL, and he would have had a chance to do just that before Robinson announced her verdict on Monday. To to ESPN.comIn the days leading up to Robinson’s verdict, both the NFL and Watson’s camp tried to work out a settlement.

Although the NFL wanted Watson suspended for a full year, the league was willing to reduce that number in a settlement. Corresponding ESPN and Sports Illustrated, the NFL’s final settlement offer was as follows: Watson would be suspended for 12 games and also fined $8 million to $10 million.

Watson’s side turned down the offer because they were unwilling to accept a deal that would suspend the quarterback for more than six to eight games. Watson was also unwilling to accept a large fine, according to ESPN.com.

Basically, Watson took a gamble by not taking up the NFL’s offer, and it’s increasingly looking like he’s about to lose that gamble. If Watson had accepted the 12-game ban he could have put all of that behind him, but instead he could now be handed an indefinite ban of at least a year.

At this point it feels like this In the best case Scenario for Watson is now a 12-game ban. With his six-game ban currently under appeal, it actually gives the two sides more time to work out a potential settlement, meaning Watson may get another chance to strike a deal with the NFL.

The fact that the NFL was willing to agree to a 12-game ban in a possible settlement — in lieu of a one-year suspension — is no coincidence. To to Yahoo Sportsthe NFL absolutely doesn’t want Watson to play the Texans in week 13 and one way to stop him from doing so would be to give him a 12-game suspension (if he got a 12-game suspension, the Texans’ game would be that final he would have to sit out).

If there is no settlement and Watson’s suspension is extended by the NFL, there is a very real chance this case will end up in federal court. However, CBS Sports NFL insider Josina Anderson did reported on Thursday that Watson’s camp has not yet made a decision on whether to file a federal lawsuit. According to Anderson, Watson’s legal team will wait and see what happens on appeal. If the ban is increased to 12 games, they could just go along with it and not file a lawsuit. On the other hand, if he gets a ban of a year or more, it’s not surprising that a lawsuit will be filed.

No matter what happens, it’s far from over. As for the appeal process, Watson’s camp has until Friday to respond to the NFL’s appeal. After that, the decision on Watson’s suspension will fall directly into Harvey’s hands.

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