Just a few days ago, Brock Osweiler was the envy of a lot of NFL quarterbacks. Osweiler, 25, had just won a ring, he was the heir apparent to Peyton Manning, he had several elite weapons on offense and he had a historically great defense at his disposal.
And now, out of nowhere, he’s a Houston Texan.
How did this happen?
“Well, they were interested,” CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I reported last week that if this guy hits the open market, the Texans have legitimate interest in him. Even I didn’t think it would be to the tune of $37 million guaranteed in the first two years of the deal. It’s really bonkers when you think about it. That’s $18.5 million a year over two years guaranteed to a guy who’s made seven starts, who lost his job to a moribund Peyton Manning. It’s not like Peyton came in and lit the world on fire. Peyton came in and played at a very poor clip in the playoffs and still beat Brock Osweiler out – at least in the eyes of the Broncos. So for him to get hat kind of a pay day, even on the heels of what we saw from (Kirk) Cousins and (Joe) Flacco and (Sam) Bradford a week ago, that’s staggering. It really is.”
Osweiler is 5-2 as an NFL starter. For his career, he has completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 2,126 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.
That’s not a lot to go on, but the Texans are going on it anyway.
“It’s incredibly risky,” La Canfora said. “I don’t know what Brock Osweiler is. I don’t know that anybody knows what Brock Osweiler is. Yes, he’ll be playing in a poor division next year, but he’s never had this kind of pressure on him before, to live up to that contract and everything. That’s going to be something else for him.”
La Canfora, like many analysts, thinks Osweiler may have been better-served staying in Denver. He also thinks Houston shouldn’t have invested so much in a relatively unproven quarterback.
“I’m surprised that he didn’t take the $16 million a year that was on the table in Denver where he knew Elway and he knew the coach,” La Canfora said. “He knew they had a defense there. Yeah they lost (Danny) Trevathan, and yeah, they lost Malik Jackson, but Von Miller is still there, DeMarcus Ware is still there, all the corners are still there, the safeties are still there. I just think this could be one that ends up biting the Texans a little bit in the behind.”