The Houston Texans took a long, wobbly drunk journey to draft Deshaun Watson. There were plenty of tumbles down curbs and wrong houses walked into along the way. After Matt Schaub’s arm fell off in 2013, the Texans tried nearly every avenue to address the quarterback situation. None of them worked. ‘Intelligent’ veterans. Mid-round draft picks. Expensive free agents. Picking out other teams’ backup quarterbacks. Who knew using a top draft pick and trading up into the first round would be the answer for the Texans’ woes?
The worst, and most desperate, of all the decisions made was giving [NAME REDACTED] a four year, $72 million contract after Brian Hoyer’s five turnover performance in a 30-0 skull crushing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2015 Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. [NAME REDACTED] became the worst non-rookie quarterback in the league in 2016. He was atrocious after teams played two safeties high and forced him to win with the short game. Houston, stuck with his enormous contract, ended up dumping him, along with a second round pick, with the Browns in Cleveland so the Texans could stop waiting and start moving on. Afterwards, the Texans drafted Watson and everything has been pretty good since.
ESPN published an article on the best and worst NFL things from the 2010s, one of which was the worst free agent signing of last decade. [NAME REDACTED] beat other wretched signings, like Nick Foles to Jacksonville, Trumaine Johnson to New York (J), and Josh Norman to Washington. This is what ESPN had to say:
Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans, 2016
The Texans were a quarterback away from being serious AFC contenders, so they went all-in by giving Osweiler a $72 million contract without him meeting coach Bill O’Brien. Osweiler threw 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions before being benched in Week 15 of the 2016 season. It was clear his future wasn’t in Houston due to a deteriorated relationship with O’Brien, so Houston got rid of Osweiler’s contract that next offseason by trading him and a second-round draft pick to the Browns. — Sarah Barshop
What do you think? Do you agree? Do you think [NAME REDACTED] was the worst NFL free agent signing of the last decade?