Brock Osweiler was set up to be Denver's quarterback of the future when Peyton Manning announced his retirement after the Broncos won the Super Bowl this past season. But Houston offered a better deal at four years, $72 million, and Osweiler will now start for the Texans this year. We finally saw Osweiler get extended playing time in 2015 when Manning was dealing with a foot injury, and he completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions and a rushing touchdown. He only had two games with more than 20 Fantasy points in a standard league in eight appearances, so hopefully he'll improve with the change of scenery and not having to follow in Manning's footsteps. He gets a stud receiver in DeAndre Hopkins as his No. 1 target, and the Texans revamped their receiving corps by adding Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in the draft to go with Jaelen Strong and Cecil Shorts, including Lamar Miller out of the backfield. Osweiler should have plenty of positive moments -- last year's starter in Houston, Brian Hoyer, had six games with at least 20 Fantasy points -- but he will likely be inconsistent. He's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but he can be used as a bye-week or injury replacement during the year.
Osweiler's deal with the Texans is believed to be a four-year, $72-million pact, the Denver Post reports. The report suggests that the Broncos offered Osweiler a multi-year deal worth more than $16 million per year to remain with Denver, but he'll instead get a fresh start with the Texans, a team that has been longing for some stability at the quarterback position.
The Texans are poised to sign Osweiler, the Houston Chronicle reports. Assuming the deal goes through, we'll have to see how rich a contract Osweiler lands with the Texans, but with the anticipated move, Houston has finally found a franchise quarterback, while Denver's situation at the key position is decidedly cloudy in the wake of Peyton Manning's retirement.
Denver offered Osweiler a three-year contract exceeding $45 million, 9news.com reports. It's a startlingly high figure for a player who's almost certainly far below the average as a starting quarterback, but quarterback scarcity and an increasing cap have made this the new normal. With Denver using the franchise tag on Von Miller, Osweiler will be free to test the market if he chooses. In the article for 9news.com, writer Mike Klis mentions Houston, Cleveland, and the Jets as potential suitors for Osweiler if he should pass on Denver's initial offer.
General manager John Elway confirmed that the Broncos want Osweiler back, the team's official site reports. Elway has said all the right things, praising Osweiler's development and speaking optimistically. Some analysts have speculated that, should Denver work out a deal with Von Miller in the coming days, Osweiler may receive a franchise tag. As the team's site points out, that would both be extremely costly and fail to jive with a potential annoucement about Peyton Manning's future. More likely, a Miller signing would mean a tag for Malik Jackson, but that doesn't mean Osweiler won't return to Denver. Elway and head coach Gary Kubiak have spoken out in favor of Osweiler and Osweiler has voiced a desire to stay put. Expect the three to work something out in the coming days.
Osweiler completed 170 of 275 passes for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2015. He added 61 yards and a touchdown on 21 rushes. Before Peyton Manning returned to the spotlight for a final run at a championship, it was Osweiler - Manning's backup during his entire tenure in Denver - who was featured on the cover of sporting magazines. Osweiler led Denver to arguably its biggest wins of the regular season, comebacks in Week 13 against New England and Week 16 against Cincinnati, and appeared comfortable in head coach Gary Kubiak's offense which is predicated on an inside-outside zone running game and taking shots down the field. After a promising showing, Osweiler, who is still just 25 despite four years in the league under his belt, will almost certainly be a starter next year. Whether or not Denver's desire to lock up defensive studs makes them vulnerable to another team out-bidding them for Osweiler remains to be seen. The smart money is that Osweiler stays in Denver. General manager John Elway hand-picked Osweiler to learn from Manning and the team doesn't have much else on the roster or a premium draft pick to get one of the top passers in this year's draft. Expect Osweiler to cost Denver a pretty penny and build on his 2015 debut.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|3||09/23||@New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|12||11/27||San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|13||12/04||@Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|3 Year Avg||62.0||705||4||2||21||0||52|