Brock Osweiler is for sale to the highest bidder.
By announcing that Osweiler will start the Cleveland Browns‘ preseason opener Thursday, despite not taking first-team snaps at training camp, the team is sending a clear message that he’s available to anyone who wants him.
Cody Kessler and rookie DeShone Kizer have split first-team reps at camp, while Osweiler has been relegated to the second unit. Kessler and Kizer are the only Browns quarterbacks with a chance to start Week 1, by all appearances.
But it will be Osweiler out there first for everyone (read: NFL general managers) to see when the Browns take their first snaps of the preseason against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.
Where he plays this fall – or perhaps if he plays at all – could be determined by how he performs during this showcase.
He won’t cost much. Maybe a conditional seventh-round pick. The Browns would probably even be willing to get creative and eat some of Osweiler’s $16-million salary.
Even at that steep discount, the Browns have found no takers so far.
The Miami Dolphins decided their best option with Ryan Tannehill likely out for the season was to lure Jay Cutler out of retirement. It doesn’t appear they even considered trading for Osweiler, despite the fact that head coach Adam Gase coached him in Denver.
Another injury to a starting quarterback could stimulate Osweiler’s market, but it probably won’t tilt the scale in favor of demand over supply. Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, and there’s always a chance Tony Romo will decide to follow Cutler’s path and forego retirement for one more year if the right opportunity opens up.
Frankly, it’s hard to imagine any team trading for Osweiler, even if he tears it up Thursday. But you can’t blame the Browns for trying.
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