Brock Osweiler deal tops busy day in NFL

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Browns are trying to shop Osweiler, giving Cody Kessler a chance to be the starting quarterback.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are looking to trade Brock Osweiler for a third-round pick.

The move was not tied to the Browns' acquisition of quarterback Brock Osweiler via trade with the Houston Texans, another person familiar with team's intentions said.

Cimini notes that the quarterback market is now "on hold" as teams wait to see where Tony Romo will end up.

For the Browns, while other picks were involved, it ultimately comes down to this: they are spending $16 million of their almost $100 million in cap space for a second-round draft pick. In exchange, the Texans get to wash their hands of the remainder of Osweiler's disastrous four-year, $72 million contract, while recouping $10 million this year.

On one hand, one could view the trade as just a creative way for the Browns to add to their total of draft picks. The extra salary cap space could presumably be used to make a run at Tony Romo when he is traded or released by the Cowboys.

"We are committed to bringing a championship to the city of Houston", Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a release.

Boomshakalaka! The Houston Texans were able to start the 2017 free agency period off with an apparent bang! "We've been talking a lot about just being patient about the process and sitting down and making sure you're 100 percent comfortable with where you go".

Houston traded Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday along with a 2018 second-round pick-the price necessary to escape the $16 million in guaranteed money the team owes him this year. That lets teams know that cap space is open in trade talks, and a team can serve as a misfit island where mistakes can go.

Now it appears Osweiler will be passed around the National Football League as teams try to get assets for salary-cap relief. "We appreciate Brock's effort and leadership while he was with us and we wish him and his family well".

There were two tantrums thrown by quarterbacks during the Texans' Week 17 loss in Tennessee last season. But with Zeitler and Tretter joining Bitonio and perennial Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, one of Cleveland's biggest weaknesses is now a strength. Britt caught a career-best 66 passes for 1,002 yards last season for the Rams.

He had five sacks in 16 games, including six starts, in 2016.

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