Cleveland Browns: Top 3 plays in Cleveland for now-retired Brock Osweiler

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Brock Osweiler, the $16 million man, has retired from the NFL. Here, we look back at some of the top plays that he brought to the Cleveland Browns

Brock Osweiler announced his retirement from the NFL today, ending the career of the man once expected to replace Peyton Manning in Denver. He also spent time with the Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, and of course, the Cleveland Browns during his short career.

He wasn’t with Cleveland for long, but he left a lasting legacy with the team that took on his contract in 2017.

After signing a massive contract with the Houston Texans in 2016, Osweiler was sent to the Browns along with a second-round pick and sixth-round selection in exchange for a fourth-round compensatory pick.

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This was clearly an NBA-style salary dump as the Browns, led by the analytic man himself Sashi Brown, took on Osweiler’s $16 million salary in exchange for the pick. Cleveland did play him some in the preseason, but the ASU product never made it to the regular season as he was cut ahead of Week 1.

So, with him now being gone from the league, we look back over the top three Cleveland Browns plays he is responsible for.

No. 1: Touchdown catch in win over Cincinnati

In Week 11 of the 2018 season, the Browns were facing the 5-5 Cincinnati Bengals, who had just hired Hue Jackson. The former Browns head coach was a ‘special assistant’, or something like that.

Whatever made-up title Hue was given, it inspired the Browns to take it to their former coach. Here we see the team run the score up to 28-0 as Baker Mayfield fires a pass to Nick Chubb, who makes a remarkable catch for a touchdown.

Chubb may not have been known for his receiving skills at Georgia, but he showed here that this could have been due to a lack of passes thrown his way — because the man clearly has skills.

No. 2: 88-Yard touchdown vs. Ravens

In Week 4 of the 2019 season, the Browns went to Baltimore and shocked the first-place Ravens. They moved to 2-2 on the season with the 40-25 victory. No player was more instrumental in the win than Nick Chubb, who scored three touchdowns.

Chubb had 165 yards on 20 carries but none were more exciting than his 88-yard score which all but sealed the game. He topped 21 miles per hour on the run and a meme was born as Baker Mayfield sprinted down the sideline with his arms spread wide in celebration.

For Chubb, this was a huge game that put the league on notice. His first season was no fluke and he’s going to be a problem for NFL defenses for years to come.

No. 1: Longest run in team history

Another surprising win for the Browns came in Week 10 of the 2018 season. The Atlanta Falcons headed north to play in the Dawg Pound and the Browns sent them home with their tails between their legs.

In control throughout the game, Cleveland extended a 21-10 lead to 28-10 when Nick Chubb scored his second touchdown on the day. This time, he did so from 92-yards out, which is a team record.

Chubb added the 88-yard run this season which gives him two of the longest-running plays in team history. Now in the bye week, he has 607 yards rushing and six touchdowns as he’s established himself as one of the best running backs in the entire NFL.

If you haven’t realized by now, Chubb was the player the Browns took with the pick acquired in the Brock Osweiler trade. It ended up costing them $16 million to get that selection but so far Chubb has been well worth it.

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As for Brock, we wish him the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his contribution to the team.