Trevor Bauer will not be missed if he pitched his last MLB game for the Dodgers

When Deshaun Watson sat out the 2021 NFL season, things rumbled along without him.

The league produced a record $11 billion in national revenue. TV ratings increased 10%, the highest since 2015. More than 110 million viewers tuned in for the Super Bowl, also the highest since 2015.

The NFL didn’t miss Deshaun Watson.

And yet, after a year spent in limbo while facing 26 lawsuits from massage therapists detailing alleged misconduct, Watson, a franchise quarterback at his best, was not viewed as a written-off asset but rather a hot commodity.

His former team, the Houston Texans, acquired six draft picks, including three consecutive first-rounders, from the Cleveland Browns. The Browns gave Watson a record $230 million guarantee, including a $45 million signing bonus, even though they knew an NFL suspension — ultimately 11 games into the 2022 season — was imminent.

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