But he might not be the only quarterback headed out the door: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Browns are shopping Brock Osweiler, whom they acquired only a day ago from the Texans. With Osweiler's contract, the Browns still have $80 million in free cap, so the contract really wont effect them too much.
The Browns are now stuck with Osweiler and the massive contract he signed as a free agent last season.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Osweiler in Cleveland, but if there was an educated guess to be made, it'd be that Osweiler probably won't be in a Browns uniform to start the 2017 season.
For the season, Osweiler completed just 59 percent of his passes, for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a passer rating of 72.2. With offset language in his contract, that would reduce the price of the move up to somewhere between 33 and 64 to about $12 million. And even if the Browns kept Osweiler, he doesn't cost a dime in 2018 if he is released, right when Garoppolo would be signing his big new contract.
Cleveland has also reportedly just signed former Rams stand out Kenny Britt to a multi-year deal. He joined Houston as an unrestricted free agent in 2016 after spending his first four National Football League seasons with Denver. Could the Texans not send Osweiler and a 3rd to the Browns for a conditional 7th in Brock wins a playoff game or something like that.
Seven solid starts at the end of the 2015 regular season while Manning was hurt was a small sample size, though, and more exposure for Osweiler yielded some rough moments. Cleveland has a boatload of picks that are beginning to rival the NBA's Boston Celtics and have the option to acquire even more if they elect to trade out of the number 1 draft pick. To this point, the Browns have favored Mitchell Trubisky over Deshaun Watson, but Watson closed the gap some with a sensational combine, and still has two more chances to impress the Browns in a private workout and a visit to Cleveland. The team is also thin on draft bait without that second-rounder, which means that they need Romo pretty badly.
So as we know, it was first reported that the Cowboys would release Tony Romo sometime today, then they changed their mind and said they had no plans on "waiving" Romo today and want to trade him to the Broncos or Texans.