Plenty of rumors surround the potential fit of Tony Romo with the Houston Texans and they will continue to swirl until there is a conclusion to that situation. Now, the talk will turn to the what will happen with Brock Osweiler and his remaining contract. Despite the appearance that the team might have flushed $37 million down the drain, there are positives to the contract situation. One sore spot in particular that remains is that Osweiler is still on the books for a $25 million dead cap hit for the 2017 season. This forces the Texans to address the quarterback position in a cost effective manner.
The NFL continues to change season-to-season and more teams are figuring out long contracts with quarterbacks are dangerous propositions. Take a look at the deal the Texans cut Osweiler: a 2-year deal worth $37 million that is currently posing at a 4-year $72 million contract. The team inked him to a deal that would a.) not tie them down for the long haul, b.) gives the Texans an out after two seasons, and c.) left the Texans a reasonable deal for the final two seasons if it did work out.
What is cost effective in today’s NFL?
With all of this said, Osweiler’s contract already paid out an amount which will more than likely force the Texans to turn to the draft because of money. The Texans could set themselves up well in one season if they chose the route of the taking a quarterback in the upcoming draft. Osweiler’s high cap number could box the Texans in to limited options on how to help address the quarterback position, which leads to what it costs to land a quarterback in the draft.
For example, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Artie Burns with the 25th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. His contract was a 4-year deal worth $9,590,981 with a signing bonus of $5,175,259. That number will go up with the cap adjustment but the highest his dead cap number would reach in his four seasons would be around $7 million in year one and decrease each season after that leading to the cap number topping out ~$3 million.
With players like A.J. Bouye, DeAndre Hopkins, and Jadeveon Clowney approaching territory for new deals within the next three seasons and at different times, it might be wise for the Texans, from a financial standpoint, to head to the draft.
The names of Deshone Kizer, Deshaun Watson, Brad Kaaya, Pat Mohomes II, Nathan Peterman, and others will be discussed at lengths. Osweiler’s contract might just lead the Texans to where many have wanted them to go - finding a quarterback early in the NFL Draft.
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