One year to the day the Brock Osweiler experiment left Denver and touched down in Houston for the Texans, it ends in the first day of free agency. The Texans have now traded last year’s disappointment to the Cleveland Browns as they clear cap space for the season.
The Browns will receive Osweiler (and his contract), a 2018 second round pick and a 2017 sixth round pick. The Texans will get Cleveland’s 2017 fourth round pick and they will save $10 million in salary-cap space, as well as $16 million in cash. This means his guaranteed salary is off Houston’s books and Cleveland isn’t committed to keep him past 2017.
This all but guarantees Tony Romo signing with Houston, who need a quarterback to be productive on offense, with weapons like DeAndre Hopkins and second-year receiver Will Fuller.
The Browns have $100 million worth of salary-cap space to spend and weren’t expected to spend it all, so at the least, they acquire a few picks and spend some salary cap for the season.