Browns trade for Brock Osweiler and Draft Picks

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Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) in the second half in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler III-USA TODAY Sports

Brock Osweiler, the Texans salary cap behemoth, has been offloaded to the Browns in exchange for a 2017 6th round pick and a 2018 2nd round pick. In exchange, the Browns take Osweiler off of the Texans payroll and send the Texans a 2017 4th round pick.

News was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:

This is great news for both the Browns and the Texans. The Texans needed Osweiler gone and the Browns wanted draft picks and had the salary cap space to make this trade happen. One thing has been made clear however, and that’s that Osweiler is not expected to be the future quarterback for the Browns.

The Browns can attempt to trade Osweiler, release him, or keep him on the roster (least likely). There’s a few rumors flying around right now, NFL’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Browns are considering simply releasing him, but even more recently (per Adam Schefter) some teams started reaching out to the Browns about Osweiler’s availability.

This move is an incredibly smart one for the Browns, and there’s a building sense that the front office in Cleveland is targeting Jimmy Garoppolo and is hoarding picks to do it. Even if the Browns can’t find a way to trade Osweiler, this’ll go down as one of the more innovative offseason moves in recent NFL history.

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