Mike Klis of NBC 9 News in Colorado has very slyly suggested that the Texans will make a push to sign Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler when free agency opens later this week.
"The Broncos are trying to show they still love Osweiler by offering him a three-year contract that with incentives is worth more than $45 million. The guarantee of the deal, though, is always the most significant. The one team that may pose the most serious threat for Osweiler's services is the Houston Texans."
"Houston is expected to contact Jimmy Sexton, Osweiler's agent, during the tampering period that begins at 11 a.m. Monday. Free agency officially opens at 2 p.m. Wednesday."
Osweiler admirably played a short term "savior" role in Denver this past season, going 5-2 as a starter while the surprisingly ineffective Peyton Manning sat out with a foot injury. Osweiler took a back seat to Manning during the Broncos’ postseason run, but his regular season performances against AFC elites like New England and Cincinnati ensured that Denver had home field advantage throughout the playoffs in the first place. Without the bitter cold and screaming home fans on their side, who knows if the Broncos would have even escaped the first round, let alone won the Super Bowl?
That seven game regular season stretch of success helped Osweiler earn a hefty contract offer from the team that drafted him, but do other organizations value Brock Lobster as highly as Denver clearly does? That much nobody can say for sure. What can be said, however, is that Texans fans will be satisfied to root for anyone other than Brian Hoyer at this point. Love him or hate him, Osweiler at least certainly qualifies as that.