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Brock Osweiler | Quarterback | #17

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (25) / 11/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 240
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (57) / DEN
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After studying Brock Osweiler's film, Texans coach Bill O'Brien came away impressed with Osweiler's ability to "stand in (the pocket) when everything is flying at you."
O'Brien specifically mentioned Osweiler's Weeks 12 and 14 starts. Osweiler helped engineer a fourth quarter comeback in Week 12 against the Pats, but was far less impressive in Week 14 versus Oakland. Osweiler routinely held onto the ball for too long, taking five sacks as Khalil Mack practically lived in his facemask. Osweiler flashed glimpses of competence in 2015, but it's important to remember the last time he took an NFL field, he got benched. Despite his massive contract, he's a project for the Texans. O'Brien has coaxed solid play out of Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Hoyer, and is clearly confident in his ability to mold Osweiler. Mar 22 - 5:31 PM

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Texans agreed to terms with QB Brock Osweiler, formerly of the Broncos, on a four-year, $72 million contract.

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain had previously reported Osweiler was unlikely to go to the Texans. Osweiler called the Broncos' bluff, and will now team up with skilled QB tutor Bill O'Brien, who maximized the talents of Matt McGloin and Christian Hackenberg at Penn State, before doing the same with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, and even T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden the past two years in Houston. Osweiler, 25, went 5-2 in seven starts for Denver last season. It's unclear whether he'll develop into a legitimate franchise quarterback, but he offers adequate arm strength and plus athleticism, and flashed the ability to move the Broncos' offense in a small sample size. He also had breakdowns in the second halves of games, tended to lock onto his primary read, was benched for washed-up Peyton Manning late in the year. The Broncos may now set their sets on trying to acquire Colin Kaepernick from San Francisco.
Mar 9 - 3:08 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Brock Osweiler is deciding between the Broncos and Texans.

Per Rapsheet, the Broncos have "ramped up their efforts" to re-sign their longtime backup. Easily the best quarterback available after Ryan Fitzpatrick, Osweiler is ready to cash in on an extremely modest résumé.
Mar 9 - 12:26 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos and free agent QB Brock Osweiler have reopened negotiations.

NFL Network's James Palmer reported Tuesday the two sides had not spoken since the Broncos offered a three-year, $45 million deal, but Klis reports negotiations resumed Tuesday afternoon. They are expected to intensify in the lead up to the new league year Wednesday. Osweiler is reportedly receiving serious interest from the Texans as well, but those reports could be overblown. Osweiler's future should come into sharper focus in the next 24 hours.
Mar 9 - 11:30 AM

NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Broncos have ceased negotiating with free agent Brock Osweiler since making him a three-year, $45 million offer "several days ago."

Word leaked of the Broncos' offer on Saturday, March 5, but it conceivably could've been made a few days before that. Breakdown in talks can be a typical obstacle in negotiations, but it obviously prevents any progress from being made, and that's particularly concerning for Denver with the beginning of the new league year less than 24 hours away. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that if Osweiler leaves the Broncos, he'll likely land in Houston.
Mar 8 - 9:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter stated on SportsCenter that he anticipates free agent Brock Osweiler's decision coming down to the Broncos and Texans.

Schefter termed it "a battle between those two teams." Osweiler's best chance at success -- in our opinion -- would be to stay in Denver, where he knows Gary Kubiak's system and has a three-year, $45 million offer on the table. Bill O'Brien does have a highly impressive track record coaching up quarterbacks, however, and it's conceivable the Texans will offer Osweiler more money.
Mar 8 - 10:17 AM

News 9 Denver's Mike Klis reports the Texans are expected to contact free agent Brock Osweiler's representatives early in the legal tampering period.

This should not come as a surprise. The Texans are in desperate need of an upgrade at quarterback, and Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Osweiler could be a "far bigger target than anyone anticipates" for Houston. Klis reports the Broncos have a three-year deal worth more than $45 million on the table, but Osweiler is smart to see if he can better that offer in a cap-rich market. It remains likely Osweiler stays in Denver, but it is far from a certainty.
Mar 7 - 8:28 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos' offer to impending free agent Brock Osweiler is for three years and more than $45 million.

With the Broncos reportedly out on Peyton Manning, locking up Osweiler should be the team's top priority. $15 million a year plus incentives is pretty substantial for a quarterback who's made just seven career starts. It's unknown how much guaranteed money the Broncos are offering. Osweiler will have plenty of suitors if he hits the open market—the Browns, Rams and Texans are all desperate for quarterback help—but it's likely he'll remain in Denver where he has the best chance of winning another Super Bowl.
Mar 5 - 2:57 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck reports the Broncos have made a "competitive offer" to impending free agent Brock Osweiler.

Renck reports the offer is "likely" more than the $12.27 million per year Nick Foles makes on his deal. It would have to be if the Broncos are serious about retaining Osweiler. Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported the Texans could go hard after Osweiler, meaning Denver needs to lock up the young quarterback before the legal tampering period begins Monday. Osweiler is likely looking for a deal closer to Sam Bradford's two-year, $36 million contract.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 5 - 9:23 AM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports free agent Brock Osweiler could be a "far bigger target than anyone anticipates" for the Texans.

Per Robinson, the Texans are open to all options at quarterback. That includes aggressively pursuing the open market's top option. The Broncos have reportedly made a "substantial offer" to keep Osweiler, but he has little to lose by gauging his price in free agency.
Mar 3 - 5:27 PM

NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Broncos have made a "substantial offer" to free agent Brock Osweiler.

The Broncos aren't waiting around for Peyton Manning to make up his mind. With Sam Bradford and Kirk Cousins off the market, Osweiler can afford to get greedy. At the very least, he'd probably like to match Bradford's two-year, $36 million deal, which includes $22 million guaranteed. With so few starts under his belt, it's hard to predict where Osweiler's market will ultimately end up, but whatever he gets will almost certainly be viewed as an overpay.
Mar 3 - 4:59 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports free agent Brock Osweiler's "next best suitor would likely be the Texans" if the Broncos don't re-sign him.

La Canfora acknowledges that "most believe" Osweiler will stay in Denver, but it sounds like Texans coach Bill O'Brien may be intrigued enough by Osweiler's skill set to pursue him should discussions with the Broncos break down. SI's Peter King previously speculated the Browns could have interest in Osweiler.
Feb 29 - 3:28 PM

NBC Denver reports the Broncos hadn't begun contract talks with free agent Brock Osweiler until the past 24 hours.

However, speaking at the Combine Thursday, GM John Elway said "Brock knows what we have to offer." In an interview with Profootballtalk, Elway hinted at a "middle class" offer for Osweiler, somewhere between No. 2 quarterback and franchise player money. It's the right approach for Denver, but Osweiler has little to lose by gauging his value on the open market. Peyton Manning's future remains a wild card, but it's hard to believe the Broncos would choose Manning over Osweiler at this stage of their respective careers.
Source: NBC Denver
Feb 25 - 9:19 PM

Broncos GM John Elway admits free agent Brock Osweiler's value is hard to peg.

"When you look at where the salaries are on quarterbacks, either above $15 million or below $5 million," Elway said. "There’s no middle class of quarterbacks. So that’s where you hope you could get a fair deal with Brock’s people and his representatives. And I think we’ll be able to do that." Perhaps the sides could agree to a 2-3 year deal worth an annual $8-$10 million with more available through incentives. With the franchise tag off the table, Osweiler holds all the leverage. Unless the Broncos give him exactly what he wants, he has nothing to lose by testing the open market in a quarterback-starved league.
Feb 25 - 7:37 PM

NFL.com's Rand Getlin reports there's been "no substantive contract negotiations" between the Broncos and free agent Brock Osweiler.

Getlin's report comes the same day GM John Elway said the team is still waiting on a retirement decision from Peyton Manning. We'd assume the Broncos are more focused on Osweiler than Manning at this point. With Elway confirming the franchise tag is not a realistic option for Osweiler, Denver has only 13 days to prevent him from reaching the open market.
Feb 25 - 4:25 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Brock Osweiler
2Brandon Weeden
3Tom Savage
RB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
4Tyler Ervin
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Lamar Miller
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Lamar Miller
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11DeAndre Hopkins
2Jaelen Strong
3Keith Mumphery
4Josh Lenz
WR21Will Fuller
2Cecil Shorts
3Braxton Miller
4Wendell Williams
WR31Cecil Shorts
TE1Ryan Griffin
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Anthony Denham
4Eric Tomlinson
5Stephen Anderson
LT1Duane Brown
2Chris Clark
3Andrew McDonald
LG1Xavier Su'a-Filo
2David Quessenberry
3Chad Slade
C1Nick Martin
2Tony Bergstrom
3Greg Mancz
4Dalton Freeman
RG1Jeff Allen
2Oday Aboushi
3Karim Barton
RT1Derek Newton
2Jeff Adams
3Kendall Lamm
K1Nick Novak