Since the Browns acquired Brock Osweiler in a trade that included a second-round draft choice, Hue Jackson hasn't spoken about Osweiler publicly until Sunday
When the Browns made the big trade that landed them a second-round draft pick in 2018, the team's official release mentioned that Brock Osweiler was included in the deal.
In the Browns press release announcing the trade, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown said:
“We’re really excited to acquire a second round draft choice in this trade,” said Brown. “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.”
However, Hue Jackson nor the Browns have publicly commented about Osweiler, although multiple reports immediately began surfacing that the Browns were seeking to trade Osweiler and off-load his salary and there were no plans for him to come in and be a part of the team's 2017 plans.
On Sunday, Jackson was on NFL Network and he was asked by Steve Wyche in a segment of "Path to the Draft" if Osweiler would be on the roster.
"He is. Obviously, he's a player on our team and we're going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he's not," Jackson said in the story on NFL.com."He's a guy that's gonna come in and compete. We haven't had an opportunity to meet with him from a football standpoint because of the rules. But once we start our offseason program, phase one, we'll get a chance to know him and he'll get to know us."
The Browns acquired Osweiler and two draft choices (2018-2nd & 2017-6th) for the Browns fourth-round compensatory draft pick this year and agreeing to take on Osweiler's $16 million salary.
The Browns have not formally introduced Osweiler to the local media as they did with their three unrestricted free agents, Kevin Zeitler, J.C. Tretter and Kenny Britt.
Currently, the Browns have three quarterbacks on the roster in Osweiler, with second-year pros Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. They are expected to draft one in the upcoming draft, but it is unknown if the Browns plan on starting the rookie this year.
Jackson was asked if Osweiler will be on the roster and his answer was similar to what he said when asked about Robert Griffin III at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
“Obviously, he’s a player on our team,” Jackson said. “We’re going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he’s not.”
Griffin was released on March 10, a day after the trade for Osweiler and a day before Griffin was due a roster bonus of $750,000.
Most NFL observers believe the Browns will use one of their first round picks on one of the top quarterbacks this year in Mitchell Trubisky, DeShaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes, DeShone Kizer or Davis Webb.
“I think you’re always looking to improve that room because I think we all know that’s the driver of your football team,” Jackson said. “As we go through it, we’ll continue to coach the guys that are there and give them the best opportunity, and continue to find ways to get better.”
The segment with Jackson on NFL Network is scheduled to appear Monday.