Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Former Denver Backup QB Brock Osweiler Signs With Houston

Normally, this blog could care less about the story of a backup anything in professional sports, but this story is very significant to the NFL champion Denver Broncos. Former Denver backup QB Brock Osweiler, has signed a 4-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans. 

Why is this significant?

Late last season, Brock Osweiler was the uncontested starter in Denver, even over a "healthy" Peyton Manning. But that soon changed after Manning challenged the organization, and long story short, whined his way back into the starting spot. Peyton Manning did bring a Lombardi trophy back to Denver and ended his career in historic fashion, but he was only able to put up average numbers as a quarterback. Many insiders believe Denver's success was due to their incredible defense as opposed to anything special that Peyton did.

After helping Denver clinch a playoff spot, it would have only been right to give Osweiler a shot, Peyton Manning was the greatest regular season quarterback ever, but his playoff numbers left something to be desired. and he's old. Instead, Denver benched Osweiler, effectively shutting down Osweiler's shot at a Superbowl (yes, he won a Superbowl with Denver, but no one cares about a SuperBowl ring if you didn't play in the game).

After the Superbowl, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Manning let Denver know that he wasn't completely sold on the idea of retirement. However, in a closed door meeting with ownership, the Broncos organization made it very clear that if he didn't retire, he would be released, opening up $20 million or so in cap space to sign Osweiler. Unfortunately for the Broncos, Osweiler and his agent gave no inclination to Denver that they were going to re-sign, and as of 4:00 EST, Osweiler is a member of the Houston Texans which effectively leaves the Broncos without a quarterback.

Denver's next QB?

This conversation is wide open at the moment since Denver was unprepared to lose their up and coming quarterback, but here's what we know.

Right now, RG3 is the only quarterback being mentioned as a possible solution for the open starter position, but like I said, the conversation is WIDE open. Here are some possible replacements for Brock Osweiler...
  • Robert Griffin III, after warming the bench the last couple seasons in D.C., Griffin would love a 2nd chance.
  • Colin Kaepernick has had some very lackluster seasons lately, but he's proven in the past, to have the potential to be great, a new coach and a new setting could help him achieve that.
  • The New York Jets have yet to make a decision on Ryan Fitzpatrick, which could leave him available and give a Denver a better than average veteran.
  • Other QBs that could enter the fray include Blaine Gabbert, Matt Cassell, Christian Ponder and Jimmy Clausen (highly unlikely).
Karma is a bitch, ain't it Denver? -EE

NOTE: The Broncos started 2nd year prospect Trevor Simian at quarterback for the 2016 season, and missed the playoffs

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