The Cleveland Browns stunned most of the football world on Thursday when they chose to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler.
According to Schefter, the Texans are shipping Osweiler and a 2018 second-round draft pick to Cleveland in an effort to dispose of the quarterback's hefty contract. With Osweiler's contract, the Browns still have $80 million in free cap, so the contract really wont effect them too much.
"To be exact, Houston saves $16 million in cash and $10 million against their cap this season". The Texans pried him away from the Denver Broncos with a four-year, $72 million contract with two years and $36 million guaranteed.
Last season, Cousins broke his own franchise record for passing yards, almost eclipsing 5,000, and set another team mark with more than 400 completions, throwing for 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions with a completion percentage of 67. The Texans are still on the hook for the dead money in 2017, which is $9 million, with the rest of Osweiler's remaining deal flipped to the Browns books. Osweiler is getting $16 million from the Browns even if they cut him. If Cleveland is able to trade Osweiler, they will likely pay part of his salary for his next team.
"Draft picks are extremely important to our approach in building a championship-calibre football team".
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the details of the trade, which are unlike what we usually see in the NFL. It's why they signed Robert Griffin III last offseason, and when that didn't work out, it's why they traded for Brock Osweiler earlier this week (right before they released RG3). In theory, the Browns bought Osweiler from the Texans.
And we all don't have to worry about seeing Brock having to trot out the tunnel for Week 1 of the 2017 season. This trade frees up cap room to have the potential of trading for Cowboy's quarterback Tony Romo. "I know he's going to prove everybody wrong". However, I don't think anyone expected them to spend it this way.