Texans owner Bob McNair said Wednesday that they will likely consider targeting a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft, per Aaron Wilson.
Osweiler’s contract almost guarantees he’ll be back with the Texans for at least one more season, but it sounds like the team’s big investment in him won’t prevent them from considering younger options this offseason.
This year’s quarterback class isn’t considered to be very deep or all that talented, which means there’s a chance one of the top quarterback prospects could be available to them at No. 25 overall.
It’s worth mentioning that there has also been some speculation that the Texans could consider trading for Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo during the to offseason (NFLTR). Garoppolo has a one year remaining on his contract at an affordable salary, so they could still keep Osweiler at his current price and then move on from him in 2018.
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.
In 2016, Osweiler threw for 2,957 yards while completing 59 percent of his passes to go along with 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions over the course of 15 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 34 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding the Texans’ options at quarterback as the news is available.