As is tradition in the NFL, the starting quarterback will participate in a conference call with the opposing team's media in the week leading up to the game.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-go-premium-sports-illustr... That typically mundane part of the week can occasionally be spiced up if the two parties have some history with each other. Such was the case on Thursday with Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler and the members of the Denver Broncos.
Surprisingly, Osweiler didn't approach the situation in his normal, public-relations-master style. As Mike Klis of 9News reported, the Texans signal caller was very forthcoming on the matter of his departure from Denver to Houston in free agency last offseason.
“Certainly, I can understand why everybody was extremely surprised and shocked at the time,’’ Osweiler said. “But bottom line, it was an extremely difficult decision. But at the end of the day it was a decision made based upon what I thought was best for my family and myself.’’
Nothing too controversial at first, of course. When reporters began to pry a little deeper is when Brock gave a more candid answer that just about anyone is used to from him.
“Bottom line, Denver had the opportunity to extend an offer,’’ Osweiler said. “In fact, they had a great, very long period of time to extend an offer. So at the end of the day, right before free agency opened, there were two offers on the table, there were two things to examine, to explore, to try to do as much research on as possible to see what the best move moving forward would be. Ultimately, obviously, I chose the Texans and that’s because that’s what I felt was best for my family and myself.’’
It's true that Denver's front office did have an opportunity to send Osweiler a competing offer. However, it would have had to been more than a $10 million increase from their previous offer; while the Broncos reportedly offered $62 million, the Texans dangled $72 million.
Anyone who is familiar with the business tactics of John Elway knows that there was no countering an offer that high.
Houston got their man, but the Broncos did too. One is being paid two digits less.
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Will Keys is an Editor for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.