The Denver Broncos, faced with the prospect of potentially losing quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans, have “ramped up their efforts” to keep the quarterback, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
File this under the “duh” category.
The Texans are reportedly hot on Osweiler right now and are making a serious push to fix their own quarterback problems by signing him in free agency.
Denver set the bar pretty low before the start of the legal tampering period by reportedly offering Osweiler a deal that would pay just over $12 million per season. Meanwhile Sam Bradford signed a two-year deal worth between $36-40 million and Kirk Cousins signed a franchise tag worth almost $20 million in 2016.
Needless to say, Osweiler and his camp weren’t impressed by Denver’s offer and decided to see what they could get on the open market.
If the Broncos lose the quarterback to the Texans, then they will reportedly set their sights on Colin Kaepernick, who wants out of San Francisco.
If the #Broncos lose QB Brock Osweiler, expect them to come after QB Colin Kaepernick. That appears to be their backup plan.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
However, if they had to choose between the two passers there is little doubt Osweiler would be their first choice, given his familiarity with Gary Kubiak’s scheme and relationship with the players on the team.
This is going to be an interesting story to follow. And regardless of which team lands Osweiler, he’s the big winner here. Supply and demand are in play in a big way, and he’s going to make out like a bandit.