The original plan for the Cleveland Browns when they traded for Brock Osweiler was to trade or cut him. But he is still there and there’s no end in sight for him.
The Cleveland Browns shocked all when they traded for former Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler. Most of the media, including myself, thought the trade was about getting the second-round pick. That way, they can sweeten the deal for New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
But that isn’t going to work as the Patriots are saying they will not trade him. And it no longer looks like the Browns plan to simply cut him. Head coach Hue Jackson is preparing for next season as if Osweiler is staying on his roster.
He had an interview with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche that will air in-full Monday during Path to the Draft. And he was asked if Osweiler was going to be a part of the of Browns this year. Jackson’s response as quoted on NFL.com was:
"“He is. Obviously, he’s a player on our team and we’re going to treat him just like we do all of our other quarterbacks until he’s not. He’s a guy that’s gonna come in and compete. We haven’t had an opportunity to meet with him from a football standpoint because of the rules.“But once we start our offseason program, phase one, we’ll get a chance to know him and he’ll get to know us.”"
The Browns still appear to be quite smitten with 2017 Draft prospect Mitchell Trubisky. But Trubisky doesn’t appear ready to play right away and Osweiler has some starting experience. Plus you never know, Jackson could make miracles with Osweiler in 2017.
He did it with Jason Campbell in 2010-2011.