ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Denver and Houston are shaping up to be the two “primary potential landing spots” for free agent QB Brock Osweiler.
The Broncos clearly want Osweiler back, but reports from recent days have said that the Texans could be the one team that could stand in the way of him returning to Denver.
- Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last night that the Broncos’ offer to free agent QB Osweiler is actually $13 million per year. However, Denver is reportedly willing to increase up to $15 million annually as part of a new contract.
- La Canfora adds that we’ll have to see if the Texans make a push to land Osweiler.
- Mike Klis previously reported that the Broncos have offered Osweiler a three-year contract worth more than $45 million, including incentives, which appears to be in line with the top end of what Denver is willing to pay him.
- Earlier in the day, Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported that the Texans are expected to make Osweiler a competitive offer in both guaranteed money and per-year salary.
- A team source tells Robinson that $15-$16 million per year in his next contract will be be a “legitimate number” for Osweiler.
With Peyton Manning retiring, it’s clear that Osweiler will have some leverage with the Broncos, even though he’s played in a limited number of games.
Another issue is that other teams around the league have a ton of cap space to work with, so if top dollar is a big consideration for Osweiler, the Broncos may have a difficult time being competitive and addressing other roster needs.
Osweiler, 25, played out the final year of his four-year, $3.516 million rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent next week.
In 2015, Osweiler threw for 1,967 yards while completing 61.8 percent of his passes to go along with 10 touchdowns and six interceptions over the course of seven games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.