Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, citing a league source, reports that the Browns have “renewed their attempt to trade veteran Brock Osweiler.” However, no teams are interested in acquiring Osweiler’s massive contract at this time.
It’s worth mentioning that the Browns are reportedly willing to cover a portion of Osweiler’s 2016 salary as part of a deal, but even that may not be enough to entice a team.
According to Pelissero, the Browns plan to keep their options involving Osweiler open moving forward.
This comes after Adam Schefter reports that Osweiler is not expected to play in the team’s preseason game this week.
The Browns gave Osweiler the start in each of their first two preseason games, which now appears to be an attempt by Cleveland to showcase the veteran quarterback for a potential trade.
On Wednesday, Hue Jackson announced that rookie QB DeShone Kizer will be their starter for the team’s third preseason game, and he appears to be in the driver’s seat to open the year as their No. 1 quarterback.
Cleveland has been attempting to trade Osweiler since they acquired him several months ago, so this shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone. In fact, reports have said that the Browns are willing to eat half of Osweiler’s $16 million salary as part of a trade, but even that hasn’t been enough to tempt a team to trade for him.
Osweiler, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Broncos in 2012. He played out his rookie contract with the Broncos before signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans that included $37 million guaranteed back in March of last year.
The Texans traded Osweiler and a 2018 second-round pick to the Browns in return for a 2017 fourth-round pick.
Osweiler stands to make base salaries of $16 million (2017), $18 million (2018), and $13 million (2019) over the remainder of the contract. Although, a team can move on from him next with limited repercussions.
In 2016, Osweiler appeared in 15 games and threw for 2,957 yards while completing 59 percent of his passes to go along with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 32 quarterback out of 34 qualifying players.