The defending Super Bowl champions have a giant hole on their roster, and not just because the man leaving is 6-foot-8. Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, is now former Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler as he agrees to a free agent deal with the Houston Texans. The Broncos, who started Osweiler during the season when Peyton Manning was injured, then benched Osweiler mid-way through the season finale when he struggled, giving the ball back to Manning, will now be looking for a new quarterback after Manning retired earlier this week.
The Texans also added former Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller as the NFL's free agency period opened at 4pm Eastern time today.
Osweiler's contract is expected to be a four-year deal worth $72 million.
A second-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2012, Osweiler appeared in 21 games over his first four seasons, getting his first seven starts during the 2015 season. He was 5-2 over those seven games, and has a career tally of 2,126 yards on 170-for-275 passing with 10 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
The move of Osweiler and the retirement of Manning decimates the Super Bowl 50 champion Broncos, who now have Trevor Seimian, a 2015 seventh-round draft pick, as their only quarterback on the roster.