Lynch was among Denver's first batch of inactives due to a sprained throwing shoulder, leaving Osweiler saddled with backup duties in the regular-season opener. He's poised to hold down the spot during Lynch's recovery, but If Siemian ever hits the sideline for some reason, Osweiler would earn his first snaps as a Bronco since Week 17 of the 2015 season.
Unceremoniously cut by the Browns on Friday after a failed attempt to secure the starting job, Osweiler is returning to the place his career began. However, he's only expected to make near the league minimum -- a far, far cry from the $72 million deal Houston offered to pry him from Denver the first time around. With Chad Kelly (wrist) on NFI and Paxton Lynch (shoulder) set for a multi-week absence, Osweiler projects to fill in as the No. 2 signal caller behind Trevor Siemian.
The Browns released Osweiler on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Osweiler has traveled quite a road since inking a $72 million deal with the Texans in March of 2016. After starting 14 games last season, during which he tossed 15 touchdowns versus 16 interceptions, he was shipped to Cleveland in the offseason along with a 2018 second-round pick, spurring speculation he'd be released shortly thereafter. Instead, he was given an opportunity to compete with Cody Kessler and second-round pick DeShone Kizer, but Osweiler was eventually beat out by the rookie. Osweiler thus hits the open market in search of a new gig.
Osweiler won't dress for Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
Osweiler's future with the team is a little cloudy at the moment, as the well-compensated quarterback will sit out a second consecutive preseason game after losing the starting gig to rookie DeShone Kizer. With $16 million owed to Osweiler for the coming the season, the Browns could choose to cut their losses and release him if they're unable to deal him elsewhere.
Osweiler fell short in his quest to land the starting quarterback job in Cleveland, as head coach Hue Jackson tabbed DeShone Kizer for the Week 1 role Sunday, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
After failing to accrue 100 passing yards combined in the Browns' first two preseason games, Osweiler was held out of Saturday's exhibition in Tampa Bay entirely, instead giving way to Kizer, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. One day later, Jackson made his decision, which is "not just for the moment. ... We're going to get with DeShone and ride him through this." It's unclear if any of the Browns' recent trade talks have been serious, but Osweiler is clearly a candidate to be moved to a quarterback-needy team in the near future.
|7||10/22/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|8||10/30/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/17||@ IND||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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