The Houston Texans have agreed to a deal with former Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler, according to Rand Getlin (NFL Network).
The deal is reportedly a four-year deal worth $72 million, according to Adam Schefter (ESPN).
Brock Osweiler, 25, finished the 2015 season with 1,967 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, six interceptions and an 86.4 passer rating.
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The Houston Texans have finally decided on a quarterback of the future and it’s Peyton Manning’s former backup Brock Osweiler. The 2012 2nd rounder wasn’t spectacular in seven starts last season, but got the job done finishing with a 5-2 record in his starts.
Osweiler wasn’t my first choice for quarterback of the future, but it’s a move the Texans front office had to make. After back-to-back years of signing average quarterbacks to line up under center, the front office and specifically head coach Bill O’Brien, have finally chosen their guy. It’s a risky move for the head honchos but a move that was necessary. If Osweiler doesn’t succeed under so-called ‘QB guru’ Bill O’Brien, then O’Brien, his staff and several members of the front office will likely be canned.
This is the first time since the Matt Schaub era that the Texans have invested in a quarterback. It’s a direction, something many including myself, have been asking for for several years. I like the new, aggressive nature of this third-year staff, but don’t believe it will work out.
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Osweiler isn’t the guy I’d feel comfortable leading my franchise at this juncture of his career. Still, this move will push the needle one way or another and that’s something Texans fans have been begging for after watching Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett and a host of others over the last 32 games.
Adding Osweiler will either vault the franchise to contenders or set it back a few years. To me, making that move is better than simply hanging out in .500 territory. For that, I’m pleased with today’s developments though continue to be skeptical. I am, however, hoping that I am totally wrong on Osweiler and he lives out all four years of his contract as a great quarterback.
The good news is that the Texans can likely get out of this contract after two years. It’s an average contract ($18 million per season) for quarterbacks this day and age, but does look a bit pricey considering Osweiler’s previous season. Still, NFL contracts are built in a way in which the Texans can likely cut Osweiler before year three and come away with a very low cap hit.
Time will tell if the move pans out, but nonetheless, Houston, you have a quarterback.
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