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According to reports, the NFL is seeking a'significant' Deshaun Watson suspension under the league's conduct policy.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL is seeking a "substantial" penalty for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson.

According to "a person on Watson's side of the issue," the league will "probably" call for a one-year ban for infractions of the league's personal conduct standard.

In 26 civil lawsuits, Watson has been accused of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, the most recent two being filed this month. 

The 26-year-old has rejected the accusations, and two grand juries have decided not to pursue criminal charges against him.

The league has conducted its own investigation and will deliver its findings to Sue L. Robinson, the NFL's disciplinary officer, who was selected by the league and players association.

Although more allegations have surfaced since then, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in May that the league was "nearing the completion of the inquiry."

Watson has been accused of sexual assault or misbehaviour by all 26 women during massage treatment sessions. 

Watson met with at least 66 women for massage appointments over the span of 17 months from 2019 to 2021, according to an investigation by Jenny Vrentas of the New York Times.

The Houston Texans reportedly helped Watson by giving him with a hotel membership and nondisclosure agreements to use for the appointments, according to Vrentas.

Watson did not play for the Texans last season, despite the fact that he was not suspended and was still on the active roster, earning his full salary.

In a March trade, the Browns acquired the three-time Pro Bowler, giving him a new five-year, $230 million contract that is completely guaranteed.

According to Spotrac, the contract is structured with only $1.035 million in base income for 2022, followed by $46 million in basic salary for the next four years.

Watson's base salary would be forfeited on a per-game basis beginning in 2022, which would assist limit the amount of money lost due to a probable ban.

Baker Mayfield and Jacoby Brissett are two other veteran quarterbacks on the Browns' roster in case Watson is suspended.