It may seem hard to believe, but the Cleveland Browns – who have drafted Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel, among others – may have made a savvy business move by acquiring Brock Osweiler from Houston on Thursday.
“It’s what you see in the NBA. I don’t know if you see it in baseball as much, but the Browns basically identified a distressed asset for another team and they took advantage,” MMQB NFL insider Albert Breer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “They saw a team out there that needed desperately to get out from underneath a bad contract and would be motivated to do that. They’re using that $102 million in cap space as an asset as well because there’s no way they were going to spend all of it. So they said, why don’t we take a part of this cap space that’s burning a hole in our pocket now and turn it into something other than a veteran player. I think it was smart business by the Browns.”
The Browns also acquired a 2018 second-round pick, which could be used to acquire, say, Jimmy Garoppolo, or to draft a starter at another position of need.
“Eventually, this is going to be about picking players,” Breer said. “It’s about putting the best players on your roster. They’ve been down this road in Cleveland before. . . . You’re going to need to build a core of 8-10 players that are going to be the basis for everything you hope to accomplish for the next 5-10 years, and Myles Garrett is one of those guys. . . . But I think what they did yesterday (was) smart, creative business.”
Tony Romo, meanwhile, remains a Cowboy – at least for now.
“I think Houston is the odds-on-favorite right now just because there’s a match there on both sides of it,” Breer said. “John Elway and Denver’s approach to this has always been, ‘Well, we’ll look at it, and if we see an opportunity there that makes sense for us, we’ll strike.’ Whereas I think the Texans genuinely look at Tony Romo and see a system fit. They’re very much a win-now team. They’ve got the No. 1 defense in the league, they’ll have J.J. Watt coming back, they should be healthier on the offensive line, they’ve got a pretty good group of skill-position players – it feels like they’re in a window right now where they should be able to compete to get to a Super Bowl, and they’ve got a hole at the most important position in the game. I think from the Texans’ standpoint, it makes sense to go in on a player like Romo, who you do believe is a system fit.
“For Romo, I think it makes sense for some of the same reasons,” Breer continued. “Also because it’s less than an hour flight from where his family is, he’s not going to uproot his family, and there’s some familiarity with the situation he’ll be going into – for all those reasons, it makes a lot of sense. Now the question becomes how far are the Texans willing to go to make it happen? And that’s going to be up to management. Are they willing to flip a draft pick to go and get him from Dallas if he’s released? How far are they willing to go financially? Those are all the questions that need to be answered, but I say on paper, the fit right now that makes the most sense – and I don’t think it’s that close – is the Houston Texans.”