It's unclear exactly how a trade would work, consider Osweiler is grossly overpaid with a fully guaranteed base salary of $16 million for the upcoming season (Cleveland got a second-round pick in exchange for taking on his contract). The Browns seem to be preparing DeShone Kizer for Week 1, as the rookie has been dubbed the starter for Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay. For his part, Osweiler said he'll continue to focus on being a good teammate and suggested he hasn't requested a trade, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journals reports.
Osweiler isn't expected to play at all in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Browns coach Hue Jackson named DeShone Kizer as the starter for the team's dress rehearsal, seemingly setting the rookie up for the Week 1 starting gig if he can avoid falling flat on his face Saturday night. It's unclear why Osweiler is being held out completely, but it may just be that the team wants to get another look at Cody Kessler and/or Kevin Hogan after Kizer is removed from the game. Given that his $16 million base salary is guaranteed, Osweiler doesn't seem likely to be released or traded before the season.
DeShone Kizer will start over Osweiler in Saturday's preseason game against Tampa Bay, with head coach Hue Jackson saying that the rookie is positioning himself to also earn the Week 1 starting nod, Andrew Gribble of the team's official site reports.
Jackson stopped short of declaring that Kizer will get the Week 1 start, leaving the coach some room to switch things up if the rookie implodes in Saturday's game. Kizer's performance is unlikely to be much worse than what the team has seen from Osweiler, who has thrown for just 67 yards on 22 pass attempts while failing to produce any points on six drives this preseason. The Browns likely will retain Osweiler even if he loses the battle, as his $16 million base salary is fully guaranteed.
While Kizer has been much better than Osweiler through the first two weeks of the preseason, Jackson's usage of the two quarterbacks suggests the veteran is still more likely to get the Week 1 nod. Cody Kessler seemingly fell out of the running a couple weeks ago, representing an unfortunate middle ground between Kizer's upside and Osweiler's experience. Kizer figures to make starts this season, regardless of Jackson's upcoming decision.
Osweiler completed six of eight passes for 25 yards and an interception in Monday's preseason game versus the Giants.
Osweiler started the game but stayed in charge for only Cleveland's first two series. On the first, Osweiler had a pass batted at the line of scrimmage and subsequently intercepted. On the next, the Browns were forced to punt. Although the sample size was small, Osweiler won't be pleased by his performance. That being said, his experience may still give him the upper hand in Cleveland's quarterback competition heading into the team's third preseason tilt.
|P3||8/26/17||@ TB||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ CHI||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|