AFC Notes: Osweiler, Butler, Campbell

A Week 17 altercation with head coach Bill O’Brien fueled the Texans to move quarterback Brock Osweiler, writes Mike Florio of

Osweiler, who was traded in a cap-dump to the Browns last week, was inserted into that game against the Titans after starter Tom Savage went down with a concussion. Savage was ruled out for the game during half time, at which time Osweiler learned that he’d be playing the rest of the contest.

The now-traded quarterback “reacted negatively” to this news, according to Florio, claiming that the Texans were only playing him because O’Brien “needs him.” An argument ensued, and at one point, the coach apparently blocked Osweiler from exiting the office. The quarterback would subsequently say that he was “held hostage” during the confrontation. Previously, former NFL defensive back Bryant McFadden had said players and coaches had to hold O’Brien and Osweiler back.

With all the said, the Browns are now stuck with Osweiler, and the team is reportedly looking to move him.’s Rich Cimini believes the Jets are a team to watch when it comes to the embattled quarterback.

Let’s take a look at some other notes from around the AFC…

  • The Patriots and Malcolm Butler “have a difference of opinion” when it comes to the value of a potential contract extension for the cornerback, writes’s Mike Reiss. Reports from last week indicated that the organization hadn’t reached out to Butler’s camp in a while.
  • The Ravens‘ decision to sign free agent running back Danny Woodhead to a three-year deal was not a response to Kenneth Dixon‘s four-game PED suspension, general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters, Jeff Zriebec of the Baltimore Sun. “We’ve known about Kenneth for a long time, but yes, we needed to add another element to our offense, and Danny brings that from the backfield, and we’re still working to try to do some other things at receiver and maybe offensive line,” Newsome said. “But yes, he still would have been a big part of our conversation. We still would have signed him.” Woodhead’s new deal is worth $8.8MM and contains $4.25MM guaranteed.
  • There was a bit of confusion following news that defensive lineman Calais Campbell had joined the Jaguars last week, as subsequent reports said the player was having a change of heart and considering the Broncos. However, Florio notes that there was no agreement in place with Jacksonville when these reports emerged. Ultimately, the player did ultimately join the organization on a four-year, $60MM.

Dallas Robinson contributed to this post.

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9 comments on “AFC Notes: Osweiler, Butler, Campbell

  1. sufferfortribe

    I’d rather be “stuck” with Osweiler than RG3.

  2. mack66

    I can see why there is a difference of opinions on Butler. Maybe they can meet in the middle and find some common ground.

  3. df08988

    I believe the reason Butler is holding out for a larger contract is because this is likely to be his one and only free agent contract. He just turned 27. If he gets a 4 or 5 year deal, he’s likely to be too old to play cornerback in the NFL at age 31 or 32. Sure others have done it, but very, very few maintained the high level of effectiveness. Look how quickly Revis fell off the map and he’s only 31.

    • George

      Most likely this is Butler Last contract so yes I understand he is trying to get the Max but I think his agent is giving him the wrong advice.The revis situation happened because he was out of shape and got fat.He was just looking for a sucker to hand him a big fat check and he found one.

  4. madmanTX

    Would have been funny if O’Brien had decked Osweiler. He sounds like he deserved it for being a primadonna.

  5. Backwoods NFL Observer

    O’Brien has a shot temper and he don’t put up with nobody bull excluding the GM Mr.smith it was a mistake signing him but it was worth a second round pick to get rid of him thank you Cleveland

  6. Bob Knob

    Osweiler to the Jets ?
    Despite the mini-horror show at the QB position —
    No thank you to Osweiler.

  7. bravosfan4life

    Lol sounds like brock thinks he is good or something.


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