Should Denver bring back Osweiler?

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During a Monday press conference, Broncos coach Vance Joseph and John Elway faced plenty of questions about a quarterback who has never played for them. They apparently got none about a guy who used to.

Brock Osweiler, drafted by Denver in 2012, left via free agency a year ago. Last week, Houston hot potatoed Osweiler to Cleveland. Now, the Browns plan to cut him if they can’t find a sucker to take him off their hands.

So if/when (when) Osweiler is released, would Denver be interested?

Only 12 months ago, the Broncos reportedly offered Osweiler $16 million per year on a three-season deal. Unless that was merely a face-saving effort to create the impression that they tried to keep a guy they really didn’t want, shouldn’t they be interested if they can get him for the sixth-year minimum of $775,000, with Cleveland paying the balance of his $16 million guaranteed deal?

Of course, the coaching staff has changed and the offense has changed. But they’re sticking with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, at least for now. If G.M. John Elway truly believed that Osweiler was worth $16 million per year as of last year at this time, surely Elway would cough up less than a million now to get him back.

If the Broncos aren’t interested in an Osweiler reunion, that likely tells us all we need to know about what they thought of him then, and what the NFL at large should think of him now. For a guy who showed promise in generating a 5-2 as a starter in 2015 and going toe-to-toe with the 10-0 Patriots and Tom Brady in a prime-time overtime win, the bottom has fallen out, quickly.

In a league where there aren’t nearly enough quarterbacks to go around, it’s possible that Osweiler’s career is on the brink of implosion.

67 responses to “Should Denver bring back Osweiler?

  1. “If G.M. John Elway truly believed that Osweiler was worth $16 million per year as of last year at this time, surely Elway would cough up less than a million now to get him back.

    If the Broncos aren’t interested in an Osweiler reunion, that likely tells us all we need to know about what they thought of him then”

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    Perhaps you are forgetting his terrible 2016 season of terrible terribleness?

  2. “In a league where there aren’t nearly enough quarterbacks to go around, it’s possible that Osweiler’s career is on the brink of implosion.”

    Um, didn’t it pretty much implode last season at the point he was benched?

    And if you want to be generous and say no to that, when the Browns trade for you solely to cut you then yes, your career has already imploded, exploded, sunk, turned turtle and 100 other acronyms for finished.

  3. Bringing back Osweiler would be a terrible decision. If I’m a GM he can’t even buy a roster spot on my time for his entire $16mil salary. No thanks.

  4. There is 0% chance Elway re-engages with a guy who wouldn’t return his phone calls on his way out the door.

  5. The Broncos stole Paxton Lynch at the end of the first round last year. He was the top QB in the draft, and quite possibly the best player overall. I think Denver is set for the next 12-15 years. Osweiler is good enough to be a starting QB in the league. There are a lot of teams that could use his services, but not Denver.

  6. They should bring him back, but not for the current price. He knows the offense. I would say the only worrying thing is his attitude. He doesn’t seem to understand the business side of life.

  7. I can’t understand why they wouldn’t go for him if they really did make him that offer last year. I’m sure he burned some bridges when he left, but what better way to show your power than to bring him back in the fold for a mere $750k.

  8. I think the Broncos thought at the time the same thing the Texans did – that a free agent QB that showed promise as a backup would be worth keeping on as a starter. Then Brock “Brocked” it up and, just like the Texans do now, they know it’s not worth giving up anything of value and will wait for him to get released if they’re interested at all.

  9. He’ll be fine. He probably won’t be a starter this season, but once cut, someone will jump on as a backup…at that very low cost, with Cleveland footing the bill.

  10. Elway cannot go back to that well, he poisoned the water after losing the bidding war to Houston. Once again (Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, CJ Anderson, others) Elway suffers the consequences of misplaying his hand. Players see his uber-competitive nature is turned against them as soon as the game is over. Repetitive low ball offers do not enhance team chemistry. Now that Manning is gone, Elway is slow to recognize his currency is greatly devalued.

  11. verylargelarry says:
    Mar 14, 2017 9:18 AM

    Elway cannot go back to that well, he poisoned the water after losing the bidding war to Houston. Once again (Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, CJ Anderson, others) Elway suffers the consequences of misplaying his hand. Players see his uber-competitive nature is turned against them as soon as the game is over. Repetitive low ball offers do not enhance team chemistry. Now that Manning is gone, Elway is slow to recognize his currency is greatly devalued.

    There was nothing wrong with the Derek Wolfe signing. Great signing actually. I do agree that Elway does seem to be a little over confident and arrogant when it comes to free agency. He thinks players are lining up to play for a 9-7 team. He does not realize that he has to over pay now just like every other -7 and worse team to get the good players there. I am thinking they will be worse next year. No left tackle, they will reach for one in the draft and that will be another mistake.

  12. We will take him in New England. Brady hasn’t won us a Super Bowl going on 2 months now and only 2 in 3 years. As a fan try living with THAT. Give us Brock!!

  13. Silly speculation. If you think about it, Cleveland has no reason to cut Osweiler. They have to pay him so he at least can be a camp arm and a backup if he doesn’t win the starting job. Unless his contract has substantial guarantees for injury, he will be on the roster for at least one year.

  14. You’re confusing highest value with current value.

    If you have a delicious steak dinner, lets say it’s worth X.

    If someone takes a dump on it, it is now worth 0(X).

    Osweiler being a free agent and looking like a semi-capable starter was that steak dinner.

    After the 2016 season, he is now a steak dinner with a steaming load on it.

  15. Not only did the Broncos draft Lynch since then, they have a new coaching staff.

    So not only would they be unlikely to add him, but if they did, its not exactly a return.

    The coaches who developed him are gone.

  16. Cleveland should keep him to compete with the other backup QBs they have. This time Hue needs to hold a true QB competition not the phony one he held last year with RG me. The same thing goes for any team that doesn’t have an established starter, bring Brock in and let him compete.
    Sad to see that Brock has been made out to be enemy #1.

  17. The guy is 13-8 in 21 career starts. He’s also 1-1 in the playoffs. QB guru Bill O’Brien has gone through six starting quarterbacks since he took over. Personally I hope Cleveland keeps him and lets him play. No idea why anyone would think the guy is done.

  18. Lol at Osweiler pulling the Jamarcus. Only things left to do are mix up a batch of purple drank and get fat.

  19. If the Houston, Obrien story is true, then who would want Osweiller on their team? Paid him fat and he didn’t want to play in a game. Screw That.

  20. People mentioning osweiller record probably missed the eyeball test, and the fact that he had a good D and run game. The dude was flat out garbage last season. With the exception of one game i think it was a come from behind victory, this dude was flat out horrible. I mean how bad can you be to make Hopkins look like a blind Charles Rogers.

  21. in order to answer this question, one must look at the problem through the eyes of the average Broncos fan:

    First, Os was deemed a great QB when he replaced the fading Manning and beat the Patriots.

    Then Os was deemed to be a lowsy QB when he was benched in favor of Manning.

    The he was deemed a great QB again when Manning retired

    Then he was deemed a lowsy QB again when he signed with Houston.

    So in order to continue the waffling, let’s Make Osweiler Great Again and bring him back to Denver.

    MOGA. Go for it!

  22. Osweiler Haters all forget that Houston has NEVER had any decent QB play well for them.

    Every decent QB has been ruined there, even before O’Brien brought his tired, failing act there. Perhaps the owner is cursed from his past sins and now the fans there are paying the price.

    Funny thing is, there are rumors that Belichick will sign Osweiler after the Browns release him and then trade his back to the Browns for 2 firsts.

  23. Love the sour grapes. Denver, and their fans, wanted Oz back the year he was a free agent. Elway even offered a pretty penny. He signed with Houston for financial reasons, I can’t blame him, then all of a sudden..”He’s garbage! He sucks! He’s going to fail! Glad we didn’t sign him!”

    You wanted him back though..

  24. Of course Denver wanted to keep him but Denver doesn’t over pay. In fairness to Brock, he might have a better year in Denver unlike OBrien’s complicated offensive system. But last year did expose a lot of flaws in Brock. Elway is sold on Lynch who hasn’t shown anything yet and could well end up being Brock 2. I personally thought Trevor showed alot of game last year. Give him an offensive line and running game, he could turn out to be a decent qb.

  25. We wanted him back, but most Denver fans thought it was going to be around 7 mil, not 17 mil a season. We all laughed when the Texans gave him franchise QB money.

  26. Being a die hard Bronco fan, I know Mr. John Elway will consider all QB options. He will not give up anything for Osweiler or pay his current contract. There would have to be massive Bonuses built if Brock were to come back and play as a Bronco. Some of you fans have no idea that Osweiler was the roommate of John Elway’s son at ASU. I figure John Elway if anyone realized Brock had to go to the highest bidder. Remember Elway said that he would not play for the Colts. He got his trade to the Broncos and the rest is history. I do not think there are the same hard feelings about Osweiler, as there are in Bronco Nation about Jay Cutler. This probably won’t happen with Osweiler returning, but you never know at this point in the crazy NFL.

  27. Browns payed 16 Mil for a QB that has a 13-8 record and has more playoff wins than Andy Dalton AND a second round pick to boot. 29 other teams are jealous they didn’t think of the move. (excluded: Houston and Denver)

  28. Just thinking if they release Brock. I think what he did for the Broncos on the Super Bowl 50 run gives him an opportunity to return if all things fall in place. I am sure that many fans and teammates of Brock’s remember without him there would have not been a Super Bowl 50 ending for Peyton Manning.

  29. Good points about Obrien being so difficult to deal with, PATS days and Penn State, now Texans. Brock seemed to have the owners backing all year. His Texans teammates were probably jealous. I think anyone would have taken his contract. I also think he would like an opportunity to show the Texans and anybody associated with the Patriots (Obrien, Crennel etc.) that they made a mistake by cutting him and sending him to the DAWG Pound for nothing. C;lass move Texans, at least other teams try to give players opportunity to further their career with a chance to do okay. I hope he gets cut as has been reported as a possibility and he at least gets a chance. Again remember what Houston’s Owner said all season, “Evaluate 17 as a rookie”. That sure changed fast. Go for Romo Texans and you will experience the rise of the Titans, Jaguars and don’t forget Mr Luck in Indy. This is only to get out of your division. Remember you backed into the playoffs the last two years and KC beat you 30 -0. You snuck by the Raiders who had to start a third string Rookie. You showed your true collors against the PATS. Go Broncos 2017-2018!!

  30. Remember that (Mr. Ed) has six Super Bowl appearances. Two rings as a player 1 as an executive. I’ll say Mr. Elway will put that up against your resume or your teams success over his tenure as a player or executive.

  31. Paula W says:
    Mar 14, 2017 9:34 AM
    We will take him in New England. Brady hasn’t won us a Super Bowl going on 2 months now and only 2 in 3 years. As a fan try living with THAT. Give us Brock!!

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    actually, tom hasnt won any sb in years, the last two lombardis were giftwrapped to the patriots by two terrible offensive calls, had they called them correctly, the pats would be the losers they deserve to be.

  32. Brock made a huge mistake, O’Brien made his money off of Tom Brady who I could coach and be a QB guru. Brock did not stand a snowball chance in hell in Texas! O’Brien never wanted the young QB because he did not choose him nor was he involved in bringing Brock to Texas. Brock took things a little too personal in Denver when he got bench for Peyton during the SB run. He should have waited for his time instead of jumping ship. Now a year later and Brock is in the NFL cellar in Cleveland with Hue Jackson who thinks he’s a QB guru…….. Hue gave Rg3 5 games with no OL or experience WRs coming off 10 games on IR! \Good luck with that! Huge fall! It use to be that when a QB was put into a new system with new terminology he was at least given time to assimilate into the new system, but now you are one and done…….

  33. Osweiler is not a world beater but his situation in Houston was anything but ideal. That’s what happens when you sign a guy to a huge deal and you’ve never actually met with him.

    He’s not going to Denver, whether he can play or not. Osweiler has too much pride I think to go back to a guy he implied didn’t care about him or a team that he got upset with for benching him (for a Hall of Famer, no less).

    He could catch on as a backup somewhere, but I know I’m in the minority when I say that I wouldn’t completely judge him or the future of his career after a year with an angry troll in Houston.

  34. hutch2017 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 3:55 PM
    Remember that (Mr. Ed) has six Super Bowl appearances. Two rings as a player 1 as an executive. I’ll say Mr. Elway will put that up against your resume or your teams success over his tenure as a player or executive.
    ==========

    yeah, mr. ed has a long history of cheating.
    not only did they cheat to get the first two trophies, they had HGH manning at the helm for the last one.
    yeah, defending a bunch of cheats is exactly the kind of behavior i expect out of a fanbase that defends short orange horse that screams hee haw

  35. He’s a bridge burner so no team will ever have him a second time. Denver had no QB at the time he left and still no Bronco said a word about hating to see him go. You can’t find a Houston Texan right now who will admit to knowing the guy.

  36. hutch2017 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 3:55 PM
    Remember that (Mr. Ed) has six Super Bowl appearances. Two rings as a player 1 as an executive. I’ll say Mr. Elway will put that up against your resume or your teams success over his tenure as a player or executive.
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    yeah, mr. ed has a long history of cheating.
    not only did they cheat to get the first two trophies, they had HGH manning at the helm for the last one.
    yeah, defending a bunch of cheats is exactly the kind of behavior i expect out of a fanbase that defends short orange horse that screams hee haw
    ***************************************************

    Elway is a horse. How original. Never heard that one before. Please, go back to Smack School, First Grade.

    PS. As a player, Elway wasn’t in charge of payroll when the Broncs got clipped for a minor cap vio. No first round picks taken, no individual million dollar fine.

  37. ^^Ah, but haven’t you read the Patriots fan guidebook? All cheating is the same no matter what and your team did worse. I think it’s line 7.

    I guess it’s the “haters” or something like that.

  38. Yeah like someone posted earlier that TEXANS Owner may be cursed for past sins and poor decisions to sign PATS castoffs to run his show. Broncos still have three rings, all associated with John Elway as a player or an executive.

  39. Where you from, because they sure don’t have any information on NFL History or access to ESPN, NFL Network etc.? I am from the St. Louis areaa where are team was stolen twice. Became a Broncos fan in 76-77 and played Junior Football against Steve Atwater. Do you remember him. I bet you would if you would have played agaainst him. The Horse Bronco symbol and memories of Steve Atwater are why I am such a loyal Bronco Fan. I wonder about your Football experiences. I also went Indiana University when Trent Green and many other former players came froom Iu and the Big Ten. Have you heard of Jim Harbaugh?

  40. droppedinagreasefire says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:48 PM
    hutch2017 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 3:55 PM
    Remember that (Mr. Ed) has six Super Bowl appearances. Two rings as a player 1 as an executive. I’ll say Mr. Elway will put that up against your resume or your teams success over his tenure as a player or executive.
    ==========

    yeah, mr. ed has a long history of cheating.
    not only did they cheat to get the first two trophies, they had HGH manning at the helm for the last one.
    yeah, defending a bunch of cheats is exactly the kind of behavior i expect out of a fanbase that defends short orange horse that screams hee haw
    ***************************************************

    Elway is a horse. How original. Never heard that one before. Please, go back to Smack School, First Grade.

    PS. As a player, Elway wasn’t in charge of payroll when the Broncs got clipped for a minor cap vio. No first round picks taken, no individual million dollar fine.
    ================
    nobody cares if you are entertained by other people comments. your grades are as legit as your teams wins.
    mr ed – your hero – participated in those deferred payments, benefited from those deferred payments and the hee haws were allowed to stack a team to “win” ** those championships.
    you go ahead and keep crying about your own teams history and the reality that nobody has any respect for your team, your hero or you heehaw fans.

    ***edited to appease the overly sensitive mods who also happen to be denver fans! I made sure to add three * though so that its familiar territory for all involved.

  41. hutch2017 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 8:38 PM
    Clasy to be called adonkey and a Biatch. Who do you cheer for in the NFL? Bet they live in the basement, like you probably do.
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    I cheer for teams that dont cheat. Too bad you cant claim the same.

  42. hutch2017 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 8:50 PM
    Too big to tell who you are cheering for in the NFL or do you just hate the Broncos and John Elway.
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    I hate any team that cheats and who I root for is really irrelevant. the heehaws and the patriots are just about the worst thing that has happened to football. complete loss of integrity. surreal that they have a fan base that defends cheating. no, surreal is the wrong word – pathetic is more like it. both should be blacklisted.

  43. Hahahahahahahahaha…why on Earth would Cleveland cut Osweiler??? The difference between the $15.225 they would inevitably owe by cutting him and the $16 million they would pay if they keep him is what, $775K? So their net cost for keeping a QB who is a quality backup/fill-in is only that $775K. Where else are they going to find another one at that bargain basement price??? Anybody with even a crumb of business sense should be able to see that.

    I don’t know where you’re getting your information, but their entire front office should be fired if they cut him.

  44. Remember that (Mr. Ed) has six Super Bowl appearances. Two rings as a player 1 as an executive. I’ll say Mr. Elway will put that up against your resume or your teams success over his tenure as a player or executive.

    7. Five as a player, two as exec.

  45. The Donkey fans were genuflecting at the Osweiler alter two years ago when SI put him on the cover as Manning’s heir apparent. It was hilarious!!! His parents were eating it all up thinking that their little (big) boy was the next coming!

    Then he ran into a certain Khalil Mack who introduced him to the turf five times in a single game.

    Ever since, he’s been running scared and his football career was over. He’s been hearing footsteps ever since!

    The SI curse is true!!!

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