It may take some time before we truly know who won the Brock Osweiler trade.
Many people within the media have been quick to give their opinions on last week’s crazy blockbuster trade that had the Houston Texans sending quarterback Brock Osweiler and a second round pick to the Cleveland Browns.
Most pundits believe the trade is a win-win for both franchises since the Texans were able to move on from Osweiler and his contract that was tying up $16 million in cap space this season.
Bill Barnwell of ESPN gave his thoughts on the trade as he ponders whether a second round pick is worth $16 million. He also called the trade, which is kind of scary.
"If the math seems off to you, you aren’t crazy: A second-rounder is worth more than a fourth-rounder. The debate over how much a second-round pick is worth in a vacuum might be what ends up deciding whether this trade was a good idea.In December, I suggested the Browns make this exact sort of trade with the Texans in what essentially amounted to buying a draft pick. I won’t pretend that I expected it to actually happen. While this sort of salary dump is common in other sports, there has never really been an NFL deal that was as nakedly about getting rid of a contractual albatross as this one."
It does mostly come down to what the Browns are able to do with the Texans’ second round pick. If the player they take never pans out, it’s a win for the Texans, if the player on the other hand is a Hall of Famer, the Browns win.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus believes the Browns could really win the trade if they’re able to restructure Osweiler’s contract and then trade him.
"This deal becomes even worse for Houston if the Browns convert some of that contract to a roster bonus and successfully flip Osweiler for a profit in draft picks, something the Texans had the room to do themselves."
Nice idea by Monson, but as of right now there aren’t any reports of the Browns trying to redo Osweiler’s contract even though they are shopping him around.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports isn’t ready to hand either the Browns or the Texans a grade.
"Incomplete. It’s too early to grade. The Romo situation will decide this grade. They better get him."
I kind of agree with Prisco. if the Texans are able to sign Tony Romo, it would be a win for them, since unloading Osweiler freed up more cap space.
Let us know in the comments section below who got the better end of this trade and why.