With free agency now in full swing, the Texans are wasting no time in righting some of their wrongs from last offseason. In a stunning move, the team has traded starting quarterback Brock Osweiler and 2018 2nd and 2017 6th round draft picks to the Cleveland Browns. In return, the Houston Texans will receive a 4th round draft pick in this year’s draft. The news was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. In the process, the Houston Texans rid themselves of a player who they signed to a 4 year/ $72 million deal just a season ago. With the move, the Texans clear out preciously needed cap space. The Texans will save approximately $10 million dollars on their salary cap with the move.
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The Texans can use the space make a late push to retain their star cornerback, A.J. Bouye. Bouye seems to be close to leaving the team, however. A more interesting scenario is if there is a deal in the works for a new starting QB.
The Texans have been linked to current Dallas Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo. With Osweiler’s contract off the books, the team could decide to go all-in on Romo as their quarterback. There are also other free agent options such as Jay Cutler, or even a trade for Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Texans should really be happy to be free from Osweiler’s deal. After a mediocre first season in Houston, Osweiler was in danger of losing his starting job. With this trade, the Texans rid themselves of a huge mistake. This trade is a complete stunner, and is rarely ever completed in the NFL. Stay tuned to Pro Football Spot for more news as it develops.