The Houston Texans need a quarterback, and on the first day of the tampering period they are contacting Brock Osweiler
The NFL opened it’s odd legal tampering period on Monday, and one of the biggest names in free agency is reportedly being contacted by the Houston Texans. Mike Klis of KUSA in Denver reported that the team is contacting current Denver Broncos free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler as they look to solidify the spot which has been a weakness for years now.
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Calling Osweiler makes sense as the Texans went 9-7 last season despite having to start players such as Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden at quarterback. The 25-year old Osweiler was 5-2 as a starter and has not been able to come to an agreement with the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft.
With average quarterbacks like Sam Bradford netting nearly $40 for two seasons and one-year wonder Kirk Cousins getting the franchise tag for around $20 million, Denver seems to have been low-balling the talented kid from Arizona State. The last report suggests that the Broncos have offered Brock a three-year deal for roughly $45 million, although the guarantees were not known.
Offering him less per year than both Bradford (who has more injuries than games won) and Cousins (who was exposed bad in a playoff loss against Green Bay) may be the final insult that leads to Osweiler heading out the door.
In 2015 the backup took over for an aged, injured and ineffective Peyton Manning. All he did was lead two game winning drives while throwing more touchdowns in seven games than Peyton did in nine. So naturally the Broncos benched him, and let Manning hand the ball off en route to a Super Bowl win.
Osweiler may have been robbed of a chance at being a Super Bowl winning quarterback (yes, they would have won with him at the helm despite what Manning apologists like Tony Dungy say).
If there are any hard feelings at all, Houston would be wise to try and wedge their way in and offer a deal similar to the one Bradford and Cousins got per year. Of course the guarantees would be the most important part of the deal, and to seal things, Houston may have to guarantee roughly 50 percent of any deal they give to him.
Then again, looking back at the list of starters in the past season, they may be willing to go even higher than that.