Texan quarterback Osweiler Cleveland bound after an extremely analytical trade. Osweiler scored a lucrative $16 million dollar contract with the Texans. Houston, however, instead opted to pursue other interests, namely the famed Dallas quarterback, Tony Romo. Releasing Osweiler will remove millions of dollars in salary cap room, that will allow Houston to do just that.
The Houston Texans Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, Rick Smith, addressed the decision to trade Osweiler. Smith was open with his desire to bring a championship to the city of Houston. Smith remarked, “The decision to trade Brock was made because it was in the best interest of the team. It frees up both cash and salary cap room to continue to improve our football team. We appreciate Brock’s effort and leadership while he was with us and we wish him and his family well”.
Due to the Browns generous salary-cap room of $100 million, Cleveland willingly accommodated Osweiler’s multi-million dollar salary. Houston expressed their gratitude by exchanging a 2018 second-round draft pick with Cleveland. So in essence, Cleveland gained a much needed quarterback AND a second-round draft pick for $16 million. Not too shabby. Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Sashi Brown, expressed Cleveland’s glee over the trade. Brown explained,”Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship-caliber football team. We are intent on adding competition to every position on our roster and look forward to having Brock come in and compete”.
Whether or not Osweiler will remain with the Browns is yet to be seen. Instead, Cleveland may opt to trade him for another player, who may have much lower salary negotiations. The fact remains, the Browns hold a good hand this draft season.