1. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos, 25 years old
Former Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler looked to be on his way to fame and glory after beating the Patriots in Week 12. He continued to show signs of progress and made the team look much more potent on offense after watching NFL legend Peyton Manning struggle through the 2015 season.
Osweiler finished the season with 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six picks in his eight games, which would most likely mean the team would want the 6’8″ 240 pound player to return.
Yet, that may not be so easy to do. The fact is Manning played absolutely awful this season and the team refused to put in the promising young player until the QB leading the league in interceptions was injured. Then even after Manning was “healthy” the team was reluctant to say that Osweiler is the guy now.
Week 17 then came and may have done enough damage to see Brock hit the open market. With the team struggling to score, the Broncos pulled Osweiler despite his 232 yards passing to that point.
Enter, Peyton Manning. Who led the team to victory against the San Diego Chargers by simply handing the ball off. Now Peyton is under center again and Brock is on the sidelines.
And if anyone thinks Osweiler is alright with that, all they need to do is look at this 2014 footage when Manning ignored the coach trying to put Osweiler in during a blowout game.
Maybe the fact that Osweiler has never been declared the guy could work into Houston’s favor. Could his second snub in two years lead him to force Denver’s hand? They could franchise tag him to keep him in Denver, but is he worth the $2o million or so it would cost?
If they don’t use the tag, could the Texans step in and take the 25 year-old quarterback? If so, he could end up being the guy they have needed for years. One thing is for sure, Houston can’t keep sending career backups out there.