According to Jason Cole of B/R, Brock Osweiler is likely to get another shot at starting for the Texans in 2017 simply because of the $37 million Houston guaranteed of his contract upon signing him as a free agent back in March.
Barring an impressive run from new starter Tom Savage, Cole says that the Texans’ coaching staff will try salvage Osweiler as a potential starting quarterback in 2017. Cole adds that some within the Texans’ organization have defended Osweiler and pointed out that it takes some time to have a full grasp of HC Bill O’Brien‘s offensive system.
Either way, it’s a clear disappointment when you have to bench someone you’re paying to be your franchise quarterback in the middle of a playoff run.
Cole is right that Houston really doesn’t have many options to move on from Osweiler next year.
Osweiler, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Broncos back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract before signing a four-year, $72 million contract that includes $37 million guaranteed with the Texans back in March.
The Texans will owe Osweiler base salaries of $16 million, $18 million and $13 million over the remainder of the agreement.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Osweiler as a post-June 1 cut would free up no available cap space while creating $19 million in dead money, so they may have to carry him for another year before officially parting ways.
In 2016, Osweiler had thrown for 2,704 yards while completing 59.6 percent of his passes to go along with 14 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over the course of 14 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 35 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.
We’ll have regarding Osweiler and his future with the Texans as the news is available.