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Browns claim Osweiler will compete to start

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When the Browns swung a hot-potato trade that brought quarterback Brock Osweiler, his $16 million guaranteed salary, and a second-round pick to Cleveland, the deal was characterized as the Browns essentially paying for an extra second-round selection. Reports immediately emerged that the Browns would try to trade Osweiler again — and if all else failed they’d cut him.

More than a month later, and with the draft barely a week away, the Browns are singing a different tune.

“We expect Brock to be here,” Browns executive V.P. of football operations Sashi Brown said at a pre-draft press conference. “He is in and has done a good job coming in the first couple of days. He is a positive young man who has some ability and talent. We look forward to him trying to establish himself here and have a chance to compete to be the starting quarterback.”

On one hand, there’s no reason not to let Osweiler try to prove himself; they’ll be paying him $16 million whether he’s on the team or not (with the possibility of saving $775,000 if he signs a one-year minimum deal elsewhere after being cut). On the other hand, it seems like a ruse aimed at either driving trade interest or at hiding the team’s plans for picking a quarterback in the draft, or possibly trading for a veteran.

Maybe along the way Osweiler shows them something. Given the quality of signal-callers the Browns have had since returning to the NFL in 1999, it wouldn’t take much to add his name to the neverending list on the back of the starting quarterback jersey. Of course, if that happens it may not be long until the next name gets added after his.

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15 Responses to “Browns claim Osweiler will compete to start”
  1. Jeremy Karp says: Apr 19, 2017 11:35 PM

    I’m sorry, but I don’t believe it. I think the Browns are trying to drive up trade interest.

  2. chawk12thman says: Apr 20, 2017 12:13 AM

    now; maybe they draft the clear number one player, talent-wise. Or; trade down because it appears they do the above…………; chumming a bit, it smells like to me.

  3. mrfrostyj says: Apr 20, 2017 1:11 AM

    well considering the Browns cut the #1 and #2 QB’s on their depth chart already like they said about RG3 He’s on the team until he isn’t. They’re definitely drafting a QB but Osweiler’s future is based on whether they can swing a trade for someone bettter.

  4. imthewiz77 says: Apr 20, 2017 1:12 AM

    I didn’t watch a ton of Browns games last year but in my limited viewing I actually thought Cody Kessler looked ok. Based on last seasons performance alone, I’d feel better about him than Goff right now. Call me crazy.

  5. seatownballers says: Apr 20, 2017 1:29 AM

    Cleveland! All those picks. Please follow these directions:
    1 de Garrett
    12 te Howard or wr Williams

    Trade pick 33 and a third rounder to Seattle for pick 26. Watson or Tribinsky will be there . Take one. Have rookie Compete with Brock. Winner starts. Fan’s excited to see 3 first round prospects. Nothing to lose.

    I wrote the plan for you Cleveland. Do not mess this up.

  6. saltineamerican says: Apr 20, 2017 1:35 AM

    Not exactly a ringing endorsement: “He is a positive young man who has some ability and talent.”

  7. therealraider says: Apr 20, 2017 1:36 AM

    Everybody thought the Browns traded for him in order to help be in compliance with the minimum spending threshold.. Nope, They’re the Browns. He may be their starter.

  8. silverandblack052099 says: Apr 20, 2017 1:47 AM

    He should compete for a spot on the roster at least. He may not be great but he’s a capable backup and can spot start for a team. He’s just not going to be your franchise QB, which is apparently what Houston thought he was going to be. Considering that in addition to what Houston had to do in order to get rid of him the G.M for the Texans should be FIRED!!!!!

  9. yahtzee321 says: Apr 20, 2017 2:05 AM

    Nice try

  10. footballfan441 says: Apr 20, 2017 2:13 AM

    Apparently the Browns want another crack at the number one pick again next year.

  11. ak185 says: Apr 20, 2017 4:22 AM

    I mean, despite what happened in Houston, he’s their best QB on the roster right now. I was impressed actually with Kessler, but kicking the tires on Osweiler to see if last year really was a fluke is the right move.

  12. turdfighter says: Apr 20, 2017 7:53 AM


  13. captainwhodat says: Apr 20, 2017 8:47 AM

    …what else could he possibly say?

  14. kwjsb says: Apr 20, 2017 8:52 AM

    Why Not?
    You’re paying his bills…….
    And he prospered in Denver in a QB friendly system and a coach that is QB friendly …… Add a dose of humility from last year and he could be the best QB on the roster….

  15. goooooobrowns says: Apr 20, 2017 9:24 AM

    I have this sneaking suspicion that he ends up being our starter for a bunch of this season. Hey, who know, maybe being in a situation where there’s no pressure and has low expectations he might thrive.

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