Broncos Offered Brock Osweiler $64MM+

5:37pm: Broncos general manager John Elway doesn’t sound too broken up about Osweiler’s exit.

“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,” he said (link via Andrew Mason of the Broncos’ website).

On Elway’s attempt to keep Osweiler, the GM said, “While we did offer a very competitive and fair long-term contract to Brock, we ultimately had to remain disciplined while continuing to assemble a roster that can compete for championships.”

Elway went on to acknowledge that the Broncos are exploring other options.

“We’ve now turned our attention to other options at quarterback and are confident that we’ll find the right player and person for our team. Our organization thanks Brock for his contributions and wishes him all the best.”

5:15pm: Prior to Brock Osweiler‘s decision to accept a four-year, $72MM offer from the Texans, the Broncos offered the quarterback a contract for the same length and less money (upward of $64MM), reports Mike Klis of 9News (on Twitter). That came after the Broncos submitted a three-year, $45MM offer to Osweiler. Denver’s $64MM-plus pitch included $30MM in guarantees – less than the $37MM Osweiler will receive from the Texans (Twitter link via Klis).

Osweiler’s choice to leave Denver after four years as Peyton Manning’s backup came as no surprise to members of the Brock Osweilerorganization, per Klis, who tweets that he stopped returning phone calls to some teammates and coaches over the last two weeks. Osweiler, 25, will now start anew without having to live in the shadow of Manning, which was a factor in his decision, according to Klis.

With Manning having retired and Osweiler gone, the Broncos are essentially bereft under center – an odd position to be in for a reigning Super Bowl winner. Their incumbent starter is 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian, who has never thrown an NFL pass, but his spot atop the depth chart isn’t exactly set in stone.

The recently released Robert Griffin III is on the Broncos’ list of replacement quarterbacks, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported when news of Osweiler’s departure broke (Twitter link). RG3 could visit Denver this week, per Schefter.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “Broncos Offered Brock Osweiler $64MM+

  1. Brock

    Brock O sounds like a baby. Boo hoo that Denver benched you against SD. I’m sorry but if they left you in, they would have lost and not had home field and never win the SB.

    • Nick Ottino

      he cashed in, took the most money thats all this is. he doesnt sound like a baby at all he sounds like a millionaire.

  2. ruckus727

    Makes significantly more in a state with no income tax. Won’t have to deal with the whole “filling Peyton’s shoes” thing. Some nice weapons around him with Nuke and Strong and the newly signed Lamar Miller. While I personally would prefer playing and living in Denver, I can’t say I blame him.

    • Houston is a disgusting city to live in. Denver is hands down better. It’s all about quality of life. With that said Houston has a nice team and should be a super bowl contender.

      • jpagel27

        Your right took money sounds like millionaire, been to Denver if you have been to outskirts of Houston it is pretty Denver is nice rather live in Houston and it will be his team not filling manning shoes

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