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Brock Osweiler | Quarterback | #17

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/22/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 235
College: Arizona State
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 2 (57) / DEN
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Browns coach Hue Jackson said Brock Osweiler has "done a good job" this offseason.
"He's been great in the room with the guys," Jackson continued. "We're going to continue to allow him to do that and see what he has to show for us." The end of those comments do not suggest Osweiler has a chance at the starting job, but it makes sense for the Browns to see what he can offer. Cody Kessler appears to be the favorite to open the season as the starter at this point. May 16 - 12:20 PM
Source: ESPN

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Before his child was born, Brock Osweiler had been working to organize throwing sessions with his wide receivers.

When the Browns traded for Osweiler last month, the expectation was that he would never play a down for Cleveland. But the Browns have yet to trade him and Osweiler seems fully committed, even showing up for the start of OTAs. The Browns are still on the hook for Osweiler's $16 million salary, so it wouldn't hurt to see what he can do. Osweiler is trying to be on his best behavior after burning tons of bridges on his way out of Houston.
Apr 19 - 6:30 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown said Wednesday that Brock Osweiler will compete for the starting job in Cleveland.

As NFL.com's Conor Orr points out, it's a pivot from previous comments coming out of Cleveland. The thinking since the Browns acquired Osweiler was that they would try to trade him for anything or simply release him and eat the contract for the Texans. Osweiler has been present for the start of voluntary workouts and, for right now, is the current No. 2 behind sophomore Cody Kessler.
Apr 19 - 12:25 PM

The Chronicle-Telegram reports Brock Osweiler was present at the beginning of the Browns' offseason workouts.

Osweiler is reportedly expected to be traded or released, so it is interesting he showed up for a voluntary workout. That said, coach Hue Jackson recently promised to "treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks" and expects him to "come in and compete." The Browns are likely just leaving their options open until the draft to see if any team comes in with a trade offer. It will still be surprising if Osweiler is on the roster when OTAs begin.
Apr 17 - 9:44 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are still planning to trade or release Brock Osweiler.

Per reporter Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns "don't have much interest in a $16 million backup." It's a bit of a silly statement since the Browns will still be on the hook for the money if they cut Osweiler loose. That's infinitely more likely than finding a trade partner.
Apr 4 - 7:05 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson claims he is preparing as if Brock Osweiler will be on the team this season.

"Obviously, he's a player on our team and we're going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he's not," said Jackson. It's classic coach-speak and really doesn't mean much of anything. Assuming the Patriots hold on to Jimmy Garoppolo, the Browns should select a quarterback early in the draft, possibly as soon as 12th overall. The Browns have shopped Osweiler, but releasing him is the more likely outcome. He's not long for Cleveland.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 1:11 PM

According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the Texans decided to move on from Brock Osweiler following a halftime altercation with coach Bill O'Brien in Week 17.

Osweiler's tiff with O'Brien had been mentioned in passing, but apparently it was the deciding factor in Houston's decision to find a new quarterback. Tom Savage started against the Titans in Week 17 but was ruled out in the second quarter after suffering a concussion. Osweiler lashed out at O'Brien after he was told that he'd be finishing the game, ripping O'Brien for using him only because he had to. As the conflict escalated, Osweiler accused O'Brien of holding him hostage after O'Brien blocked him from walking away. Eventually the two had to be separated. It's common for stories to leak out like this after a messy divorce, but clearly Osweiler was never right for Houston.
Mar 12 - 12:53 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini called Brock Osweiler a "name I'd watch" in the Jets' quarterback search.

The Browns are holding out hope they can trade Osweiler, but that's not going to happen. When Osweiler is inevitably released, the Jets could theoretically sign him for the $775,000 minimum with Cleveland covering the rest of his $16 million salary. New York's quarterback alternatives include Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, Matt McGloin and potentially Trevor Siemian should the Broncos make him available. Cincinnati's A.J. McCarron has also been linked to the Jets.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 12 - 8:51 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are looking to trade Brock Osweiler for a third-round pick.

The Browns are willing to throw in a fifth-rounder and are open to paying half of Osweiler's salary. Per Cabot, if the Browns can't find a taker, they'll release Osweiler and eat the $16 million remaining on his contract. The Browns are positioning themselves to make a run at Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Cabot's report all but confirms that Osweiler will never play a down in Cleveland.
Mar 11 - 2:08 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are "trying to shop" Brock Osweiler.

Emphasis on trying. There's been conjecture on what the Browns plan to do with their newly-acquired piece of bad debt, but it doesn't seem like they will give it a chance to start. Osweiler is likely to either be cut or dealt. The smart money is on released, making Osweiler a true NBA acquire-and-buyout acquisition.
Mar 10 - 12:45 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports teams are already reaching out to the Browns about Brock Osweiler.

This sounds like the Browns leaking a report to drum up interest, but it shows the focus of their trade was not the quarterback. Cleveland essentially spent cap space to acquire a second-round pick, and they might end up not having to pay all of Osweiler's $16 million salary if a trade partner is found. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports they are looking to trade Brock and a late-round pick for a 2018 third-rounder, and are willing to eat some of his salary. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns plan to cut Osweiler if they cannot find any takers, which seems like the most likely outcome. Still, this was a great forward-thinking trade for Cleveland.
Mar 9 - 4:36 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Browns are considering releasing Brock Osweiler.

This report comes just 20 minutes after the Browns acquired Osweiler from Houston in a bombshell trade nobody saw coming. It looks like there's a good chance Osweiler will never play a down for Cleveland as the Browns will simply absorb his $16 million salary and move on. Cleveland has all the cap space in the world so the $16 million hit isn't a big deterrent. Perhaps the Browns will package their first-round pick with the 2018 second-rounder they just received from Houston in a trade for Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Mar 9 - 4:01 PM

Browns acquired Brock Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick, and a 2017 sixth-round pick from the Texans in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick.

This is a straight salary dump the likes of which we normally only see in the NBA. Essentially, the Texans sent a second-round pick to Cleveland in order to get the Browns to take Osweiler's bloated deal off their hands. With zero cap concerns, the Browns can pay Osweiler the rest of the guaranteed money ($16 million) on his contract, give him a shot to win the starting job, and cut him next offseason with no financial ramifications if (when) it does not work out all while landing a second-round pick. It is a no-brainer move for Cleveland. With Osweiler off the books, the Texans look set to make a real run at Tony Romo.
Mar 9 - 3:41 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien confirmed at the Combine that Brock Osweiler will have to compete to keep his starting job.

Infamously nicknamed "The Heist" by The Ringer's Mike Lombardi, Osweiler was atrocious his first year in Houston and will enter 2017 on a short leash, assuming he wins the Texans' starting quarterback job at all. If the Texans were truly prioritizing winning, they would be pulling out all the stops to acquire Tony Romo at this moment. Owner Bob McNair seems so disgusted by last year's Osweiler decision, however, that he's going to force O'Brien and GM Rick Smith to work it out without any big offseason acquisitions.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 3 - 3:09 PM

Texans GM Rick Smith said the team has "got to get better production from the quarterback position."

The sentiment meshes with what owner Bob McNair said Wednesday, but Smith's comments suggest the team could look outside the organization for help. "We'll be aggressive," Smith said, "we'll be diligent and we'll do our best to improve this football team." With Brock Osweiler already counting $19 million against the cap, it is unlikely the Texans can afford to bring in a top quarterback like Tony Romo or trade for and sign Jimmy Garoppolo, but perhaps they will take an early swing in the draft. With J.J. Watt coming back, the defense could be even better next season, but they need to find a quarterback to become real contenders.
Feb 2 - 12:16 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Cody Kessler
2Brock Osweiler
3DeShone Kizer
4Kevin Hogan
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3George Atkinson III
4Darius Jackson
5Matt Dayes
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Dan Vitale
WR11Corey Coleman
2Ricardo Louis
3Mario Alford
4Jordan Leslie
5James Wright
WR21Kenny Britt
2Rashard Higgins
3Jordan Payton
4Rannell Hall
5Josh Boyce
WR31Rashard Higgins
TE1David Njoku
2Seth DeValve
3Randall Telfer
4J.P. Holtz
LT1Joe Thomas
2Matt McCants
LG1Joel Bitonio
2Spencer Drango
3Marcus Martin
C1J.C. Tretter
2Marcus Martin
3Austin Reiter
4Anthony Fabiano
RG1Kevin Zeitler
2John Greco
3Zach Sterup
4Chris Barker
RT1Shon Coleman
2Cameron Erving
3Roderick Johnson
K1Zane Gonzalez
2Cody Parkey