It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Brock Osweiler could be a Cleveland Brown in 2016, according to Peter King.
New Browns coach Hue Jackson might be interested in the free agent quarterback, King wrote in The MMQB.
Of course as King said this is just at the “buzz” stage. If Peyton Manning retires it would be difficult for the Broncos to let Osweiler walk. King did mention this possibility again in a follow-up column on Tuesday, however.
The Browns have the second overall pick in the draft, but they’ve chosen four first-round quarterbacks since 1999 and none of them have worked out. They took Tim Couch with the top overall pick in 1999. Then they drafted Brady Quinn in 2007, Brandon Weeden in 2012 and Johnny Manziel in 2014, all with the 22nd pick.
Who could blame the Browns for eschewing the draft and going the free-agent route to find the quarterback who could change their fortunes? The 25-year-old Osweiler went 5-2 as a starter for the Broncos this season. He was 26th with 245.9 passing yards per game and threw 10 touchdown passes with six interceptions.
The unspectacular Osweiler wouldn’t guarantee the Browns a decade of glory, but unlike Paxton Lynch, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff and all the other quarterbacks they’ve drafted in this century the Browns would pretty much know what they’d be getting with him.