Cleveland Browns: Brock Osweiler has handled himself well since arriving

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The Cleveland Browns seemed ready to dump Brock Osweiler as soon as he arrived, but plans changed and he acted professional throughout.

The narrative was set as soon as the Cleveland Browns traded for Brock Osweiler. It was only a matter of time before he was cut or traded.

Cut to today and the start of training camp and Osweiler is not only still on the team, but competing for the starting quarterback spot.

Keeping Osweiler on the roster isn’t a terrible idea, as the Browns need to pay his $16 million salary regardless, while he also adds some experience to a young roster. That experience could land him a starting spot, but that would be the surprise of the summer.

There is still over a month until the season actually begins, meaning the competition still has to play out. But no matter how it ends up, it is impressive how well Osweiler has handled the whole situation.

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At a time when Kyrie Irving is demanding to be traded from Cleveland’s best team arguably ever, Osweiler showed up to a team coming off a 1-15 season just one year after signing a massive deal and just months after playing in the postseason.

It would be easy for any player in his situation to openly express frustration, but he has given off a positive attitude since the day he arrived.

Obviously, making $16 million makes things easier, but Osweiler embraced the move even though he likely won’t have the rest of his contract picked up by the Browns, as the team can cut him at no cost after the season.

Osweiler now needs to prove he once again deserves a major contract as a starting NFL quarterback, so perhaps that is why he has avoided airing out too much frustration. Even if that is true, his presence should only help this young Browns team in 2017.

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It doesn’t seem like too much to ask for a player to not be a distraction, but Osweiler had plenty of reasons to be one. Luckily, his attitude helped contribute to what was a successful offseason, and what will hopefully be a somewhat successful regular season.