During the Denver Broncos’ 2015 Super Bowl-winning season, backup quarterback Brock Osweiler was a major contributor during an eight-game stretch. He posted a 5-2 record as a starter. It’s tough to say how the Broncos would have fared without Osweiler’s success, as they likely would have lost out on home-field advantage had they lost another game.
Osweiler, who was drafted by the Broncos in 2012 and spent the past four years developing under recently retired QB Peyton Manning, turned down the Broncos’ three-year, $45 Million offer. He instead opted for a four-year, $72 Million deal with the Houston Texans. Osweiler will reportedly make $2 Million more with Houston than he would with Denver.
Following Osweiler’s departure from Denver, Broncos general manager John Elway stated, “We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here. That’s been a successful approach for us.”
Osweiler’s signing was one of many that followed 4:00 EST on Wednesday, March 9, which marked the official start to the 2016 league year. More free agent news can be found here.