Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
1 month ago

Osweiler worked with the second-team offense at Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cody Kessler led the first-string offense, with DeShone Kizer getting third-team reps and Kevin Hogan working with the fourth-stringers. Kessler is the clear favorite to start Week 1, but Osweiler is optimistic he'll at least make a push for the job, even though he isn't quite a lock for the final roster. While the Browns wouldn't save any cap room by releasing the 26-year-old this year, the team could determine that the 24-year-old Hogan represents a better use of a roster spot for a rebuilding franchise. The more likely scenario features Kessler, Kizer and Osweiler all making the team, with the Browns then trying to put Hogan on the practice squad. Osweiler does seem like the best bet among the group to challenge Kessler for the Week 1 starting job.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
2 months ago

Head coach Hue Jackson said 2017 second-round draft pick DeShone Kizer will have a chance to compete with Osweiler and Cody Kessler for the starting job, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Acquired along with a 2018 second-round draft pick as part of a salary dump earlier in the offseason, Osweiler is on the books for a guaranteed $16 million salary in 2017 -- giving the Browns little incentive to release him at this juncture. He thus figures to be part of the team's quarterback competition, though he'd presumably have to outshine the 23-year-old Kessler and 21-year-old Kizer by a wide margin to actually win the starting job for a rebuilding team. While they wouldn't get any cap relief from releasing Osweiler, the Browns might ultimately decide they prefer 24-year-old Kevin Hogan as the third quarterback for the final roster. Kizer and Kessler are obvious locks to make the team, with the latter an early favorite to start Week 1.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
2 months ago

Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown said he looks forward to Osweiler competing for the starting job, NFL.com's Conor Orr reports.

EDGE Analysis

Previous reports suggested Osweiler likely would be released or traded, but it now seems the Browns may consider keeping him around, if for no reason other than his contract. Cleveland accepted the cumbersome contract in exchange for draft compensation from Houston, taking on Osweiler's fully-guaranteed $16 million salary for 2017. In addition to making it difficult to work out a second trade, the guaranteed salary leaves Cleveland with no real incentive to release the 26-year-old quarterback at this juncture. Osweiler likely will stick with his new team at least through the upcoming draft, at which point the Browns figure to acquire a rookie quarterback -- possibly as soon as the opening round. The franchise hopes to have either a rookie or 2016 third-rounder Cody Kessler under center in Week 1, yet it isn't out of the question Osweiler could at least nominally be part of the competition for the No. 1 job. Of course, the Browns would already be committing two roster spots to Kessler and a rookie, which would leave the team to decide between Osweiler and Kevin Hogan for the No. 3 job. It's still possible the Browns end up paying Osweiler $16 million (or close to it) without ever having him on the roster for a regular-season game.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
2 months ago

Osweiler was present Monday for the start of voluntary workouts, Scott Petrak of The Elryria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Browns are expected to trade or release Osweiler at some point this offseason, but the team may want to keep him around until after the draft, just in case it doesn't secure a quarterback within the first few rounds. Such a scenario doesn't seem likely, but if for some reason the Browns don't draft one of their preferred signal-callers, it's possible Osweiler could be kept around to compete with second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. Cleveland received draft compensation in exchange for taking Osweiler and his hefty contract off of Houston's books. His $16 million base salary for 2017 is fully guaranteed, but the rest of his contract can be voided without any penalty.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
3 months ago6 Comments

The Browns are expected to trade or release Osweiler this offseason, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Since Osweiler was acquired on March 9, the Browns haven't said much regarding the beleaguered quarterback, other than head coach Hue Jackson's comments in late March. "He's a guy that's gonna come in and compete," Jackson said of Osweiler, according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. The Browns start their offseason program on April 17, so that may be the drop-dead deadline for the organization to move on. No matter what decision is made, the team is committed to the development of Cody Kessler, who fared well in nine appearances as a rookie last season. While completing 66 percent of his throws -- 128 of 195 -- he racked up 1,380 yards and six touchdowns versus two interceptions, which is a far cry from Osweiler's 15:16 TD:INT ratio. If Osweiler finds himself in a new home in the coming months, a reserve role is likely the best he can hope for after last year's dismal showing.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
3 months ago

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he is preparing for the upcoming season as if Osweiler will be on the roster, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

A previous report suggested the Browns don't plan to keep Osweiler, who was acquired along with a second-round draft pick in a trade designed to free up cap space for the Texans. The 26-year-old didn't look like starting material in his one-year stint in Houston, but he would at least provide some veteran competition for second-year players Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan, the other two quarterbacks currently on Cleveland's roster. The Browns might still acquire another veteran or use a draft pick on a quarterback, but if not, it would make sense to at least give Osweiler a brief look during offseason workouts before making a final decision.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
4 months ago

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that the Browns do not plan to keep Osweiler.

EDGE Analysis

Whether the Browns find a trade partner or cut Osweiler, the deal that sent him to Cleveland from Houston was designed to free up cap space for the Texans and bring added draft equity to the Browns. Regardless of where Osweiler finds himself once the dust settles, he'll have much to prove in order to gain a chance to start again following a financially rewarding, but frustrating on-field effort in 2016.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
4 months ago

The Texans are trading Osweiler to the Browns, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Texans will also give the Browns a 2018 second-round selection in exchange for taking on Osweiler's contract. Houston presumably has to get something in return to make the trade legal, but it will probably just be a conditional late-round pick or something of similarly minimal value. The deal makes sense for both sides, as the Browns can use the draft pick to rebuild and could also use another body at quarterback, while Houston has a much more competitive roster that could benefit from the additional cap space. The Texans will presumably use some of that cap space to acquire Tony Romo or another quarterback. Meanwhile, Osweiler could be in the mix for the starting job in Cleveland, where Robert Griffin, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan are all under contract, at least for the time being.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
5 months ago

Osweiler completed 23 of 40 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round loss to the Patriots. He gained 18 yards on his one rush.

EDGE Analysis

As was the case in virtually every game he started in a considerably disappointing first season in Houston, Osweiler underwhelmed Saturday, and his mistakes ultimately sealed the Texans' fate. The fifth-year pro threw his first pick in the third quarter in New England territory at the 46-yard line, at a point in which the Texans were still facing a manageable 24-13 deficit. His most crucial miscue was the second one, however, as it came early in the fourth quarter after Houston had managed to pull within 24-16. Osweiler's throw down the middle for DeAndre Hopkins was plucked out of the air and returned to the Texans' six-yard line by Logan Ruyan, setting up a game-clinching one-yard touchdown run by Dion Lewis. The error-laden performance was in a way a fitting conclusion to Osweiler's 2016 campaign, one in which his career highs in multiple categories belied the ineffectiveness he displayed over 15 games.

Brock Osweiler
QB CLE (9)
6 months ago

Osweiler completed 14-of-25 passes for 168 yards with a touchdown pass and no interceptions in the Texans' 27-14 win over the Raiders in Saturday's wild-card round playoff game. As a result, he'll start next week's game in New England or Kansas City, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.

EDGE Analysis

The game plan coming into the game was to lean on Lamar Miller, who had 31 of the team's 44 rushing attempts, but Osweiler effective in spurts. He got comfortable throwing to the tight ends early, then started connecitng with wideout DeAndre Hopkins, and didn't turn the ball over. That was enough for head coach Bill O'Brien to return Osweiler to the starting job he'd lost in Week 14. He was ably assisted by the league's top ranked defense (301.3 ypg), which forced three turnovers. A good complementary game for the Texans, who will need a similar recipe next weekend.