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2017 NFL Free Agency: Browns Will Cut Brock Osweiler If They Can’t Trade Him

It appears the Browns only wanted the second-round pick.

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Former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler’s value was clearly defined on Thursday. The Texans traded Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns, along with a second-round pick in 2018, for cap space and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick.

But the Browns don’t appear to have plans that include Osweiler on the roster for the 2017 season. Ian Rapoport is reporting the Browns plan to cut Osweiler, unless they can trade him:

Confirming that fact is the Browns’ excitement about acquiring the Texans’ second-round pick next year:

Recall that the Houston Texans gave Brock Osweiler $37,000.00 guaranteed on March 9, 2016 to be the team’s starting quarterback. On March 9, 2017, the Texans traded him and a second round pick to the Browns out of desperation to get him off the books.

And now the Browns are happy to take Osweiler’s dead money as long as they can keep the Texans’ 2018 second round pick. Cleveland also has eyes for another veteran quarterback some Texans fans were interested in acquiring.

Let those facts, plus the reality that the people who made the decision to sign Osweiler last year are still employed by the organization, sink in.