Adam Schefter mentioned during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” Monday morning that the Dolphins inquired about Browns QB Brock Osweiler before signing Jay Cutler. However, Cleveland wasn’t interested in trading him.
“I think the name Brock Osweiler came up [in Miami] … I was told Cleveland was not interested,” Schefter said, per Andrew Perloff.
Mary Kay Cabot has confirmed with sources that the Dolphins did inquire about a potential deal for Osweiler.
Pat McManamon believes it would take a “strong offer” for the Browns to part with Osweiler right now, despite the fact that they had him available for months after they acquired him in a trade with the Texans. In fact, McManamon says that Osweiler is the Browns’ “best option” at quarterback right now.
Earlier in the day, Browns HC Hue Jackson announced that Osweiler will start the team’s first preseason game.
“Brock hasn’t really gotten any first team reps and this will give him that chance,” Jackson said. “We look forward to seeing what he can do with this opportunity throughout the week and against the Saints.”
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.