Texans owner: Osweiler can “be a real hero” in Houston

AP

Acknowledging that Broncos head football executive John Elway and recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning cast shadows that were “quite large,” Texans owner Bob McNair said at the NFL league meetings Monday that new Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler chose the Texans in part because he has a chance to escape those shadows and create own his legacy.

“He has a chance to be a real hero in Houston,” McNair said, per ESPN.com.

Osweiler, 25, signed a four-year deal worth $72 million, $37 million guaranteed, on the first day of free agency.

McNair said he believes the Texans “have a good ball club” and said Osweiler saw the chance to win while charting his own path. Osweiler made the first seven starts of his four-year career last season for the Broncos.

“I have every confidence he will succeed,” McNair said. “How good will he be remains to be seen. Will he be average or will he be a superstar? But I think he’ll be more than adequate in any case. That’s what we were looking for in the past. If the quarterback doesn’t turn the ball over with our defense and our running game, we’ve got a chance to beat anybody.”