Jimmy Haslam: “We could trade” Brock Osweiler

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam’s the guy who had to sign off on buying a second-round pick for $16 million, so he knows what’s going on.

But like everyone else, he’s not sure if that means the throw-in to that deal — quarterback Brock Osweiler — is going to be hanging around the Browns for very long.

“We picked up a second-round pick” Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Brock could be on our team or we could trade him. There’s lots of options out there and like I said you guys should cover it with [executive] Sashi [Brown] tomorrow.”

While that might seem a startling slap in the face to the former Texans starter, the Browns have never created any illusion about their interest in acquiring Osweiler (along with a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick), from the moment he was barely mentioned in the press release announce the trade.

But as long as he’s there, I guess they’ll be nice to him and talk like he’s actually a player and not just the guy carrying the luggage (the pick) to the room.

“We’re excited about getting the second-round pick and we’re excited to add a guy to our roster who has won games in the NFL,” Haslam said. “We now have eight first- or second-round picks in the next two years. We’re excited about that.”

What that means is so far no one’s really offered anything for Osweiler, or they’d have almost certainly taken it, even though he’s done more on the field than any of their quarterbacks of recent vintage and certainly the ones on the roster at the moment.

52 responses to “Jimmy Haslam: “We could trade” Brock Osweiler

  1. $16mil is an insane amount of money for a 2nd round pick that (considering it will be the Browns using it) will likely be a bust

  2. If the Browns start the season with Osweiler,Hogan and Kesler they are better off than any time in the expansion era other than 99-02 with Couch.

    I think Hogan going to win the job even if they draft someone else.

  3. Brock is staying at least this year unless he outright stinks up the place, why give him a reason to drop his pack. Besides, it has already been reported that Brock has met with management. So why would the Browns reveal what their true plans are with Brock to the media, that might force teams between 2-11 re-evaluate their draft board or teams after #13 jump the Browns at #12 and completely screw up their draft strategy. Loose lips sink ships!

  4. J – E – S – T! JETS JETS JETS!

    Not a Jets hater, but that sounds like a deal they would make.

  5. Per the Costanza Theorem, if they don’t want him and try to get rid of him he will probably turn out to be the best QB they’ve had in forever.

  6. Brock picked up $32 for one year’s worth of work. Good on him! I’d retire and help make the 30 for 30 of me! He played the system not the other way around. cousins is close to doing the same.

  7. If the Browns don’t give a damn about $16 million for a draft pick why should any of you care? Seriously, it’s like you think it’s your money.

  8. Yeah you could maybe get a bag of striped footballs and some potein if you send him up north. Here, maybe a bag of shoelaces and a box of kicking tees. Did they really think they were going to flip this guy for something? Man how bad is it when a team who sank 4 years 72 million to get you not only jumps ship after year one but gives up their own 2nd round pick to get rid of you? Epic misfire which should lead to either gm/ and or hc to get their walking papers if they tank this season.

  9. They might trade him if they could find a team as stupid as they were to trade for him. A second round pick to remove $16 from the books? I’ll take that any day….

  10. Osweiler remains a more viable option than Kaeperneck or Fitzpatrick, but that’s not saying much.

    When it comes to Kaeperneck, if I were an NFL owner I’d just order my GM to take a knee and move on. Who needs someone who disses their own country at the most important position in the most uniquely American game?

  11. I’ve always believed that you don’t get rid of the best QB on your roster until you obtain a better one, and right now Osweiler is the best QB on the Browns’ roster.

  12. Boy the smoke screens sure are getting thick in Cleveland as we approach the draft. Now the owner is getting involved. They’re trying so hard to fool everyone, they’ll probably end up fooling themselves. Having all those high picks over the next two years mean absolutely nothing if you don’t know how to evaluate talent.

  13. There is a deal to be made there – they’ll take back $10-12 million of his salary and they’ll pick up a 4th or 5th in 2018.

    It would be funny if Denver made the deal, if they miss out on Romo.

  14. The Browns could trade him if they ate 12MM of his salary.

    They hired a baseball moneyball guy to help them tank (I could have done that), but they sure were stupid paying 16MM for a 2nd round pick while giving up a high 3rd round pick.

    I don’t see the Browns improving much the way they are run. 6-10 maybe in a couple of years.

  15. Cleveland….. the place where once promising QBs go to flounder and die, ending their careers in front of devoted fans who are tired of losers and deserve more. Sounds like a perfect place for Tony Romo. QB Purgatory.

  16. That was the stupidest trade ever by the Brownies, only they could try to spin it as smart, lmao

  17. Kinda feel bad for the dude,and then, i dont exactly care. Tbb no one wants him. Hell, I could be a better qb than brock

  18. Cleveland made a nice trade and Osweiler is fine as a backup QB, regardless of next year’s salary. The talk about giving two 1st rounders or a 1st and 2nd for Garoppolo seems to be high for a QB that played only 3 games in NE. Matt Cassel had a solid season as a starter in Belichek’s system.

    It would be better to trade a 2nd round pick for McCarron and draft a QB. McCarron is signed for 2017 and is a restricted free agent for 2018, so the Browns have him for at least two seasons. If he lights it up, I believe they can franchise tag him for 2019 and 2020 unless he is worth a long-term deal.

    Either way, the Browns will draft one of the following QB’s depending on when they draft a QB: Trubisky, Watson, Kizer, Mahomes or Webb. It sounds obvious but I am saying that they will not wait until round 3 to get a guy like Kaaya or Evans or C. Kelly.

  19. “While that might seem a startling slap in the face to the former Texans starter, the Browns have never created any illusion about their interest in acquiring Osweiler (along with a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick in exchange for a fourth-round pick), from the moment he was barely mentioned in the press release announce the trade.”

    The Browns are pushing the kids buttons to see if there will be another Brock rebellion like the one we saw with the Texans and O’Brien. I like it, it’s saavy.

    If Brock has a response to this, simply release him. If he remains a good soldier and keeps his mouth shut. Well maybe you give him another look and see what he shows you in the preseason.

  20. giving the browns 8 picks in the first two rounds in the next two years is like giving a bum outside a liquor store 8 dollars.. seems like you’re rich when you had it, and now that it’s gone, you are back in the same place with the same headache….

  21. News flash Jimbo (because you have no idea about football). In order to make a trade you need to have someone to trade with, i.e. someone who in this cases wants what you have. Good luck with that. It’s a little more difficult than commiting fraud against your own customers.

  22. A rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Why is Haslam already undermining his QB with the fans or his teamates? He is drunk inside of his ego and doesn’t understand people. He’s already looking for excuses. How can anyone play well for a guy like this?

  23. Jimmy, try to trade him to the Browns!! They would prob give up at least a 1st and 2nd for him!!!

    Do it man!!

  24. jasons81 says:
    $16mil is an insane amount of money for a 2nd round pick that (considering it will be the Browns using it) will likely be a bust

    So how much is “sane” for an extra 2nd round pick?

  25. To say he hasn’t traded yet because nobody wants him is only true for now. Once the draft happens and a few teams get stiffed on a QB, there will be calls on line one, best believe that.

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