Brock Osweiler will take his Super Bowl ring to the city that is hosting Super Bowl LI, according to Rand Getlin of the NFL Network.
I’m told QB Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal in principle with the Houston #Texans.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2016
This move could suddenly make the Texans a player in the AFC. They ranked third defensively in the NFL in 2015, including third against the pass and 10th against the run. On offense, however, they had four different starting quarterbacks. Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett, T.J. Yates and Brandon Weeden formed the starting quarterback committee.
Hoyer completed just 15 of 34 passes and threw four interceptions in the Texans’ 30-0 wild-card loss to the Chiefs, making it clear that the Texans need a quarterback.
Now they have one.
Osweiler went 5-2 as a starter in 2015 in relief of Peyton Manning, who was sidelined with a foot injury. Osweiler threw 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions but threw two interceptions in the first half of the regular-season finale and Manning regained his starting job. It’s unclear if Osweiler is a franchise quarterback who can make the Texans a perennial contender, but he’s a step up from Hoyer.
The Broncos, meanwhile, are suddenly looking for a quarterback with Manning retired and Osweiler gone.