He failed to beat out rookie DeShone Kizer for the team's starting job, and after unsuccessfully shopping him on the trade market, Cleveland released the 6-foot-7 signal caller knowing full well that they would end up paying him close to $16 million to not play for them in 2017.
Osweiler spent the first four seasons of his career (2012-15) in Denver as a backup before going 5-2 as a starter in 2015 while Manning sat out with various injuries. He was expected to remain in Denver following the season as he hit free agency, but instead Osweiler bolted to Houston for an absurd 4-year, $76 million contract.
The deal is for one year at the veterans' minimum of $775,000. But the system isn't exactly the same as the one Osweiler learned then; it has "a lot of new things", he said.
To make room on their roster for Osweiler, the Broncos place outside linebacker Shane Ray on injured reserve. For instance, he said he would put together "a team with players who want to be" here and cornerback Aqib Talib told USA Today after a victory over Houston last fall, that losing Osweiler was a "win-win", because the Broncos saved money and found a "better quarterback" in Trevor Siemian. Woodrum is only in his second year in the National Football League, meaning adding him and cutting either Cody Kessler or Kevin Hogan wouldn't add much experience to the group. It would be one of the biggest upsets of the season if Siemian, who was voted as one of the captains last season, is not selected again. I think that those guys are busts.
The Browns acquired Osweiler in the offseason but earlier this week waived him after he lost the quarterback battle.
Why would the Broncos open up their arms to the distraction of Kaepernick when there is no guarantee he even helps them win?
Osweiler started seven games in his a year ago for Denver, earning a 5-2 record in place of injured starter Peyton Manning.
The deal is pending an Osweiler physical on Monday. "We've got chemistry (as a quarterback-receiver)".