Well, it looks like Brock Osweiler is heading to Houston.
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It is some of the most shocking news of free agency, but ESPN is reporting that Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans have agreed in principle to terms of a new contract, according to a source. The deal is worth $72 million over four years, including a $12 million signing bonus. The deal also includes $37 million fully guaranteed as well as $21 million in 2016 and $55 million in the first three years.
"It was very difficult to leave Denver," Osweiler told reporters after arriving in Houston on Wednesday night. "I'd be lying if I said anything else. I had a tremendous four seasons in Denver. Those are four years I will always hold close to my heart," Osweiler continued. "Coming to Houston was an opportunity I couldn't pass up."
The news will make the quarterback position open again, as the Broncos have Trevor Siemian as the only quarterback on the roster.
In the meantime, Osweiler will become a "Franchise Quarterback" for Houston, who has been struggling to find a player.
"Quarterback was our No. 1 priority," Texans owner Bob McNair said at one point. He (Osweiler) was the one we wanted. (General manager) Rick (Smith) said he was going to get him and he did."
Some believe that Colin Kaepernick will be the replacement for Osweiler. Many believed that Osweiler wasn't happy about being benched before the playoffs and he was pushed around for Peyton Manning's last stand. Add that to the fact that they didn't pay Osweiler as much as he would have wanted, and the writing was on the wall.
"This is not a surprise. It was clear to John (Elway) last week that (Osweiler) didn't want to be here," a Broncos source revealed.
Houston's scheduled trip to Denver suddenly looks like a strong candidate to be the NFL Kickoff game in Week 1.