The Cleveland Browns shocked the NFL world by trading for Brock Osweiler, but it is the Houston Texans who are now in trouble after the trade.
Cleveland Browns fans were shocked when the team traded for Brock Osweiler, but Houston Texans fans are now the ones in shock.
Tony Romo heading for the greener pastures of broadcasting has taken away the Texans’ top quarterback option, with only Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden left to duke it out. Should be a great competition.
The Texans could add a player like Jay Cutler, or even draft a quarterback, but the team may be having second thoughts about trading Osweiler. Perhaps they will look to trade for him again, which would be one of the saddest moves of all time.
Meanwhile, the Browns have a player in Osweiler who can hold down the position for a year, or the team could even go through the draft to get a quarterback. The point is, the plans have not changed one bit since he was acquired.
The Browns also got a 2018 second-round pick in the deal, while the Texans scramble to decide what to do about the most important position on the team at a time when the team is in danger of falling out of that competitive window if no quarterback is found.
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Osweiler is not the answer to the Browns’ problems at the quarterback position, but he could serve as a bridge guy while the team continues the rebuilding process in 2017. That is, if the Browns don’t draft a quarterback this year and choose to wait until 2018.
The team has to pay him regardless, so it doesn’t hurt to keep Osweiler around instead of investing a lot of money into a young quarterback who the front office may not believe in. And even if he loses the job to Cody Kessler, his experience will help off the field. And knowing the Browns, he will still get some on-field action even if he starts the year as the backup.
It is only April so there is plenty of time for the Texans to find their guy and for the Browns to cut Osweiler, but the trade is a win for Cleveland as of right now. The Texans traded away the one guy on the roster who could start at quarterback, while the Browns added someone to take up cap space and help the younger players.
Even if he is cut, it is still nice to see the Browns being part of trades in which the team doesn’t get swindled.