When he stopped returning calls from the front office and his teammates, in the weeks leading up to the opening of free agency, the writing was on the wall.
To add insult to injury, Peyton Manning announced his retirement just two days before Osweiler officially signed with the Texans. The Broncos are without a proven quarterback, but GM John Elway will remedy that soon.
As for Osweiler, he spoke about his decision to leave Denver via ESPN.
"Coming to Houston was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up," Osweiler said. "What I see with this football team is something special. I believe this organization is on the cusp of doing something great. That's something I want to be a part of. I'm very excited to be here and just get to work.
"It was very difficult," Osweiler said of leaving the Broncos. "I'd be lying to you if I said anything else. I had a tremendous four seasons there in Denver, and you know those are four years that I'll always hold very close to my heart."
Sure, Brock. Money talks. Everybody understands that. At the end of the day, it's a business.
The truth is, Osweiler knew on Sunday, January 6th that he would not be returning to Denver. When the coaching staff pulled the trigger that sent him to the bench, after his offense turned the ball over five times, Osweiler's hide was chapped.
Nevermind his own words that this was "Peyton's job" and "Peyton's team". The truth was, Osweiler got used to sitting at the big boy table, where he'd gone 5-2 as a starter.
I can understand that he wanted out of Peyton Manning's shadow. Even with Manning's retirement, had Osweiler returned to Denver, he would have to live up to a mountain of expectation, following the Broncos third World Championship.
After four years of playing second fiddle, can you blame the guy for wanting a fresh start? We wish him the best. If you want to see something funny, go to Osweiler's Instagram post where he said farewell to Denver. The comments are hilarious.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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