The most surprising move on day one of National Football League free agency ended up being the Cleveland Browns trading for Houston Texans mega-contract, mega-disappointment Brock Osweiler. The Texans will also send their a 2018 second-round pick and 2017 sixth-round pick as part of the deal with the Browns. They had to get creative to clear him and his contract off the roster and upgrade the quarterback position, so they made the unusual trade with the Browns. It's not as though the Texans lost this trade significantly, as they got what they want as well, which is Osweiler off their books so they can now fully pursue a veteran star quarterback like Tony Romo to make a push towards a deep playoff run.
Brock Osweiler signed a $72 million contract with the Texans past year.
Seven solid starts at the end of the 2015 regular season while Manning was hurt was a small sample size, though, and more exposure for Osweiler yielded some rough moments.
Osweiler, 26, was abysmal in Houston last season, completing only 59 percent of his passes and posting a QB rating of 72.2. The Texans packaged Osweiler and a 2018 second round pick to the Browns for absolutely nothing.
Two days ago, quarterback Brock Osweiler became the subject of the NFL's first ever hot potato trade, with the player being dumped and his former team giving up draft picks to make the deal happen.
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The Texans now move their cap space up to around the $30 million mark with free agency open and the first wave of signing occurring. The Browns are also willing to eat a portion of Osweiler's $16 million guaranteed contract.
The Browns have traded for a quarterback, but it might not take them out of the running for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson indicated last week that the 27-year-old Griffin's time in Cleveland may be over after one abbreviated season.
"Brock I know is frustrated right now with trying to figure out what the future has in store, who's going to give him a chance, and unfortunately this one year with that big money has made people look at him completely differently". The next on that list is recently released Robert Griffin III, who's coming off another injury-plagued season with the Browns.