The Houston Texans’ deal for Brock Osweiler was so bad, they literally couldn’t give him away. But they threw in a second round pick in 2018, and the Cleveland Browns decided to do the deal.
That’s right; a huge trade in the AFC South is going down today. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that the Texans are sending Osweiler (and his contract) plus a second round pick in 2018 to the Browns. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said that the Browns were more interested in the second round pick than Osweiler, as they’re basically buying the additional pick.
So basically, here’s the idea: the Texans are giving the Browns a second round pick next year to take Brock Osweiler’s contract off the books. The Browns have plenty of money to be able to do that, and they pick up another pick. That’s a major shakeup in the AFC South, however, as it means the Texans will have a different starting quarterback next year. What does that mean? Well, obviously all the attention now goes to the Cowboys and Tony Romo. The Broncos and Texans have been mentioned as the two leading candidates, and getting Romo would be a huge move for the Texans and a good one. Maybe it will happen or maybe not, but they have now cleared the starting quarterback spot and the cap space to make a move.
This is a big move in the AFC South that makes the Texans a better football team, as they get rid of a bad quarterback and a bad contract. They lose a pick, but if they can pick up a legitimate starting quarterback (like Romo) that could indeed have major implications on the rest of the division in 2017.