Deshaun Watson left Falcons jersey in photo of Browns shirt

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is thrilled to play for Cleveland, so much so that he showed off his new jerseys on Instagram. However, it was clear how close Watson was to moving elsewhere, as Browns jerseys weren’t the only jerseys in sight.

Watson forgot to put a Falcons jersey out of sight before taking the shot.

Atlanta was reportedly the finalist in Watson’s trade talks, and it was close enough that Watson apparently spoke with running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Jarvis Landry about joining the Falcons.

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However, Watson opted to go to Cleveland after the Browns guaranteed him $230 million during his five-year contract.

Watson was unable to start the season under Cleveland’s center as he remains under investigation by the NFL. A grand jury recently returned nine “no” bills on nine criminal complaints against Watson, concluding criminal proceedings against him in Harris County. But the quarterback’s legal troubles aren’t over. He still faces 22 active civil lawsuits filed against him for sexual harassment and assault. The suit’s accounts allege a number of graphic incidents of sexual misconduct, including Watson allegedly refusing to cover his genitals and forcing women to put his penis in their mouths.

Civil depositions are ongoing and began the same day the grand jury convened. The quarterback reportedly invoked the Fifth Amendment in the first two depositions, but he reportedly answered questions under oath several days after the criminal case ended.

As civil deposition proceedings continue, here’s what’s happened on and off the court since Watson’s last snap.

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