In a shift of fortunes for the Houston Texans, the team landed free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler from the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos. The stakes were high, but with a late benching in week seventeen after leading the Broncos to a 5-2 record when Peyton Manning was out with injury, Osweiler was reportedly uninterested in what the Broncos had to offer. It all came full circle when Osweiler opted to sign with the Texans over the Broncos.
Signing a four-year deal worth $72 million dollars with the Texans ended up being more than what the Broncos offered but that is not where ended.
Executive Vice President/General Manager John Elway released the following statement.
“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here. That’s been a successful approach for us. While we did offer a very competitive and fair long-term contract to Brock, we ultimately had to remain disciplined while continuing to assemble a roster that can compete for championships.”
But it did not stop there with the following excerpt from the team site.
The Broncos won Super Bowl 50 last season despite having the second-lowest team passing efficiency rating -- a combined 74.3 rating for the regular season and postseason, 13.5 points lower than the league average of 87.8. Only the then-St. Louis Rams had a worse collective quarterback rating.
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It is pretty clear the Broncos are not pleased with the outcome of the Osweiler courting and they made that well known. Time will tell on what Osweiler ends up being as a starting quarterback for the Texans, but the Broncos are making sure they get the last shot in.