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Why Did The Texans Just Agree To Give So Much Money To Brock Osweiler?

Submitted by on March 9, 2016 – 5:29 pmNo Comment

The Houston Texans struggled at the quarterback position last season. They started Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, and T.J. Yates at different times of the year, and while they were able to clinch a spot in the NFL Playoffs, they got destroyed in their first game of the postseason. They lost 30-0 to the Kansas City Chiefs, and even though it’s possible they would have lost even if they had had a better QB lining up under center, their lack of a quality QB definitely hurt them. So this offseason, they made signing a new one a priority.

The Texans think they may have solved their quarterback problem by agreeing to a deal with former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler today. The Texans and Osweiler reportedly came to terms on a four-year, $72 million contract that will call for him to be their starting quarterback next season. So all of their QB troubles are now a thing of the past. Or…are they?

Last season, Osweiler started seven games in place of an injured Peyton Manning, the only seven games he’s started since coming into the NFL four years ago. He played well at times, and to a large degree, he’s one of the reasons the Broncos were in position to make the playoffs and eventually win the Super Bowl last season. But at the same time, Osweiler is still very green when it comes to playing the quarterback position. He wasn’t asked to do much last season with the Broncos and hasn’t proven that he can play QB week in and week out for a playoff team. So $72 million feels like a lot to give to a guy who isn’t a sure thing.

In a year or two, the Texans might actually look back and be glad that they signed Osweiler what they did when they did it. If he ends up panning out, his $72 million contract could feel like a steal. But it could also feel like way too much money if Osweiler struggles as a starting quarterback, and it could end up being disastrous if Osweiler doesn’t clearly outperform whoever his backup ends up being next season. The Texans obviously took a risk, and now it’s up to Osweiler to prove that he deserves to be a starter for the team next season and for seasons to come.

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