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Final cost of Brock Osweiler mistake: two first-round picks, second-round pick, $21 million

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The Houston Texans made a huge mistake last year by signing quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract. The final cost of that blunder can now be calculated.

In addition to the $21 million that was paid to Osweiler last year, the Texans previously gave up a second-round pick in 2018 (along with a sixth-round pick in 2017 in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick) to get Osweiler’s $16 million guaranteed salary for 2017 off the books. They’ve now secured Osweiler’s replacement in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks.

And, yes, at a time when few teams will consider giving up two first-round draft picks for a veteran player, the Texans gave up two first-round picks — the 25th overall selection in 2017 and next year’s first-rounder — to get Deshaun Watson. That’s no different than trading two first-round picks for Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, or any other available (and proven) signal-caller.

It’s a huge price to pay, and a definite risk to take, for screwing the pooch on Osweiler, an outcome that possibly was cemented by the inability of the Texans to bring Osweiler in for an extended visit before signing him. And it’s a lesson to any team considering the addition of a quarterback on the first day of free agency; if you’re considering a proverbial pig in a poke, you’re possibly going to be spending a lot on the lipstick that eventually will be applied to a sweaty, nasty, stinky swine.

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57 Responses to “Final cost of Brock Osweiler mistake: two first-round picks, second-round pick, $21 million”
  1. fpurcell says: Apr 28, 2017 12:11 PM

    Would NE or WAS have traded for 2 first rounders? I’m guessing yes. Maybe not NE, as they’d likely be facing JG in the playoffs.

  2. kcchefs58 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:12 PM

    Ouch

  3. vottorific says: Apr 28, 2017 12:15 PM

    Oops!

  4. jbaxt says: Apr 28, 2017 12:18 PM

    If Watsons a bust, does that fall on Brock too?

    The draft is a total sham, show me a team with a good draft and I’ll show you another draft where they missed badly.

  5. bzingha says: Apr 28, 2017 12:21 PM

    And no one will get fired over this?

  6. drex1976 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:24 PM

    moving up from 25 to 12 is not the same as giving up a first round pick!

  7. concmike says: Apr 28, 2017 12:25 PM

    Ah the AFC South…the division nobody wants to win….and fewer people actually care who does….

  8. lildeucedeuce says: Apr 28, 2017 12:26 PM

    Wooooow that is a lot. Seems so long ago the signing happened.

  9. bleedingfacemask says: Apr 28, 2017 12:26 PM

    “That’s no different than trading two first-round picks for Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, or any other available (and proven) signal-caller.”

    Two starts makes JimmyG a proven signal caller? We’re setting the bar pretty low for the Texans again…

  10. boltson says: Apr 28, 2017 12:27 PM

    Cousins is not much more, and Garrapolo is no more “proven” than Osweiler appeared to be when they signed him a year ago.

  11. burtmustin says: Apr 28, 2017 12:27 PM

    Let’s hope Watson works out for Bill O’Briens sake. If he doesn’t-well , ESPN is not hiring any more pundits for the foreseeable future.

  12. brucejennerhasmoresacksthanyou says: Apr 28, 2017 12:28 PM

    Jimmy G. hasn’t even thrown 100 passes in the NFL. Not saying he would fail, but I wouldn’t exactly call that proven.

  13. damcmp says: Apr 28, 2017 12:30 PM

    Nope Smith is the godfather of McNairs son’s kid, more family than employee.. so he screwd Kubiak and now we don’t know if O’Brien is a QB whisperer as advertised of just a blustering fool.. he has had 12 qbs out on Kirby and has not made one better, not Fitzpatrick, Mallet, Hoyer, Osweiler or any of the others. Fitzpatrick at least he did not make worse. Savage you say? well Savage has been a foil to hide the failure of the others

  14. drcap says: Apr 28, 2017 12:31 PM

    I’m not a huge fan of Osweiler, but this is really harsh criticism for a guy who had a winning record for both Denver and Houston as a starter.

    The league is littered with high-paid ex-QBs who accomplished less. Yes, in hindsight, an expensive mistake. But no more of an egregious error than other personnel moves every year.

  15. giants2pats0 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:32 PM

    Maybe all is not lost for Osweiner’s career. Word has it he found the 100 dollar bill at the back of the Browns’ playbook. Then again, Johnny Manziel found the 100 dollar bill a couple years back. He then proceeded to roll it tight, and put it to use before he left the building. It doesn’t matter who runs the organization, Browns will be Browns.

  16. ducknichols50 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:33 PM

    osweiler was more proven than jimmy g

  17. jimbo75025 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:38 PM

    brucejennerhasmoresacksthanyou says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:28 PM
    Jimmy G. hasn’t even thrown 100 passes in the NFL. Not saying he would fail, but I wouldn’t exactly call that proven.
    ———-

    Plus, when he has played it has been with the knowledge that Brady would soon be back.

    That lifted a lot of pressure off him.

    Things may be a whole lot different when he is the unquestioned “man”

  18. goodellhasabutthamster says: Apr 28, 2017 12:38 PM

    Even if the Texans had not signed Osweiler, they would have had to draft a QB anyway. What they paid for Watson had nothing to do with Brock.

  19. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 28, 2017 12:39 PM

    This is classic. McNair qualifies to judge the Miss Management pageant.

  20. schmitty2 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:42 PM

    Rick Smith was never accused of being a genius GM. This basically cements that notion.

  21. 26predator says: Apr 28, 2017 12:47 PM

    Bonus points for the use of screwing the pooch. 🙂

  22. TheDPR says: Apr 28, 2017 12:47 PM

    Osweiler cost too much and had a blowhard coach he couldn’t get along with. Neither of those things are on Osweiler.

    He played mediocre football and seems to have been fairly uncoachable by O’Brien. Those things ARE on him.

    But what was he or his agent supposed to say? “I’m not really worth that much. Offer less, please.”

  23. paulieorkid says: Apr 28, 2017 12:49 PM

    Osweiler also cost the Broncos a second round pick.

    All these premium NFL resources wasted on a pile of “trash.”

    At least the teams who drafted the Trent Richardsons and Kevin Kolbs of the world got their investments back by finding another sucker.

  24. nfella says: Apr 28, 2017 12:50 PM

    I keep reading from people about how “unproven” Jimmy G is, and I am starting to think they know nothing about the guys play.

    Sure, he hasn’t thrown for 100 passes in the NFL yet – he has 94 factually. With no picks. None. And a passer rating of 108 average. He has been learning under one of the best QB’s for the last 3 years, and a large part of why the Patriots are so well prepared for opponents is because Jimmy G puts on a good offense as the opposing team in practice. Then there is his college period where he broke Tony Romo’s records at Eastern Ill. with over 5000 yards in 2013 and 9 picks on just over 550 att.

    And he can scramble, is smart, and has cool pocket presence.

    Fans that think he isn’t worth a first PLUS in a trade are clueless.

  25. kcflake says: Apr 28, 2017 12:50 PM

    I credit them for getting out from under Osweiler, but that is a hell of a high price for a mistake.

  26. nzyme says: Apr 28, 2017 12:51 PM

    I didn’t watch the Texans last year that much. Osweiler must have been HORRIBLE not to at least get another season??

  27. bkostela says: Apr 28, 2017 12:52 PM

    This is completely inaccurate. If the Texans hadn’t signed Brock, they still would have had to spend the same amount of picks to trade up and draft a QB.

    Brock costed the Texans $21 million and a second round pick, NOT two first rounders.

  28. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Apr 28, 2017 12:55 PM

    When are the going to fire O’Brien?

  29. brophyfootball says: Apr 28, 2017 12:57 PM

    Houston was on the cusp with Kubiak. What has O’Brien ever done to prove that a better QB would actually help his team?

  30. fanasaurus says: Apr 28, 2017 12:57 PM

    brucejennerhasmoresacksthanyou says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:28 PM
    Jimmy G. hasn’t even thrown 100 passes in the NFL. Not saying he would fail, but I wouldn’t exactly call that proven.
    ——————————–
    In the eyes of Belicheck, he’s proven. And that’s the evaluation that matters.

  31. hotb0x says: Apr 28, 2017 12:57 PM

    Make it three first rounders since Watson is going to be a huge bust.

  32. jimmybrock says: Apr 28, 2017 12:57 PM

    How does Rick Smith still have a job?

  33. coloradofort says: Apr 28, 2017 1:00 PM

    the Browns took the Texans to the cleaners……awesome

  34. blah773 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:06 PM

    the browns don’t win much. but looks like they took this one.

  35. redsoxu571 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:07 PM

    How are the two first rounders used to get Watson part of the Osweiler mistake? That makes no sense. Had Houston not signed Osweiler, it still would have invested in a QB at some point, and in that case clearly the investment would have nothing to do with a signing that didn’t happen. Therefore there is no connection between the Watson price and Osweiler mistake.

  36. dok12345 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:12 PM

    “This is completely inaccurate. If the Texans hadn’t signed Brock, they still would have had to spend the same amount of picks to trade up and draft a QB.

    Brock costed the Texans $21 million and a second round pick, NOT two first rounders.”

    What I was going to post nearly word-for word. Hyperbole to the extreme

  37. htown1035 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:18 PM

    ” They’ve now secured Osweiler’s replacement in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks”

    Misleading comment. They drafted his replacement by using a first round pick on him. They secured his replacement for next year’s first round pick.

  38. mrfrostyj says: Apr 28, 2017 1:41 PM

    The Texans are the Randy Lerner era Browns now. If we take all the quarterbacks and give them a year, one of them will work out.

    Unfortunately the proof this doesn’t work is Randy Lerner no longer owns a football team.

  39. jason9696 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:43 PM

    I’m not a Texans fan at all so I didn’t watch many of their games last year. But was Brock Osweiler so bad that he didn’t deserve another chance this season?

  40. tralfaz1127 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:48 PM

    The Browns front office has modeled themselves after the Patriots in they take extra lower picks to have extra ammunition in the future, so they can fill holes and not miss a beat. Problem is the Patriots are winning. The Browns are win…..as in one….as in they suck.
    Its like pre-ordering the Vera Wang size zero for the red carpet, only NE is putting it on Scarlett Johansson and Cleveland is putting it on Mellissa McCarthy.

  41. jahbrohknee says: Apr 28, 2017 1:48 PM

    This doesn’t matter to Rick Smith or Bill O’Brien. If Watson turns out to be a bust this year or next, they’re both gone. Smith might be gone this year even if Watson doesn’t play. O’Brien might get a slightly longer leash because he’s coached them to the playoffs 2 years in a row with garbage production at QB, and was supposedly on record saying he knew NOTHING about Rick Smith signing Osweiler, and that they signed him sight unseen.

  42. friscokid49 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:49 PM

    drex1976 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:24 PM
    moving up from 25 to 12 is not the same as giving up a first round pick!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Shhh, don’t mess with the narrative.

    Osweiller was a mistake for any team to sign-up as the franchise’s qb

  43. bobthebillsfan says: Apr 28, 2017 1:54 PM

    Is the GM still employed?

  44. mikea311 says: Apr 28, 2017 2:00 PM

    everyone keeps missing the point about franchised players. its not just giving up the picks, its the picks AND the contract you need to sign. draft picks are worth so much because they are used on cheap players. if you give up the option to get two cheap players to sign a REALLY expensive one, you dont always help your cause.

  45. babygaga19 says: Apr 28, 2017 2:15 PM

    And meanwhile the GM keeps his job?? This is mind numbing incredible!!!

  46. bluenose1965 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:27 PM

    Can we assume Florio is bad at math.

    The Texans outlay is not their cost. That’s like paying for a beer with a $100 and saying it was a $100 beer, regardless of the change you received.

  47. loknezz says: Apr 28, 2017 4:38 PM

    redsoxu571 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 1:07 PM
    How are the two first rounders used to get Watson part of the Osweiler mistake?…….

    If Brock was the guy everyone thought he was going to be, the Texans would not have traded those 2 1st round picks for a QB this year and Brock would be the established starter. Those picks traded this year was an indirect result of Brock not playing well and being shipped out to Cleveland. So, this event is indirectly related to the Brock event.

  48. laserw says: Apr 28, 2017 7:03 PM

    Did anyone check to see if Houston has any of the same idiots from Washington who gave up four premium draft picks to draft a fraud fake quarterback who was always a running back wearing a QB halloween costume and who was as brittle as grandma’s hips.

  49. mkuske says: Apr 28, 2017 8:38 PM

    Sashi Brown owns Rick Smith.

  50. maalea says: Apr 28, 2017 11:23 PM

    And another thing if you trade those 1st rounders for a proven QB, you have to pay said QB the going rate, plus or minus $15 to 20M. A draft picks salary is capped

  51. ibillwt says: Apr 29, 2017 4:36 PM

    I thought Osweiler was the real deal when he took the Broncos to the SB two years ago. With that D a chimp at QB could have won the Bowl (and basically did). Maybe he would have made it if he’d stuck with Denver.

  52. 150bigdaddy says: Apr 29, 2017 9:11 PM

    What’s done is done,those 3 picks just helped the Texans a helluva lot on offense. Teams are in the entire AFC are going to have deal with them. With Watt coming back,that defense is going to be nasty,just retool your offense OB,you’re gonna be alright.

  53. 150bigdaddy says: Apr 29, 2017 9:21 PM

    Giving up those picks didn’t hurt the Texans at all,none of us have no idea what the future holds in terms of players who will be picked in the first round next year.What they did do with the first 3 picks ,was improve their team those guys can help right way,especially 1 and 3. They go good with what the Texans already have on offense.Have to see what the Browns do with em,the balls in their court,not the Texans.

  54. coloradofort says: Apr 30, 2017 9:48 AM

    Cleveland owns the Texans…….

  55. averagepete says: Apr 30, 2017 8:23 PM

    Owning Houston, as if that’s a hard thing to do

  56. silvernblacksabbath says: May 1, 2017 10:23 AM

    Garopolo is staying in New England and will be the starter for the 2018 season.. Brady will retire after they win #6 this year…

    -bettor

  57. wiseone50 says: May 2, 2017 6:58 PM

    Who’s the stooge that pulled the trigger on this deal?? How dumb can you be??

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