It sounds like there's a big reason why Brock Osweiler spurned the Broncos for the Texans — and it's not just money
Brock Osweiler made the first shocking move of NFL free agency by spurning the Denver Broncos, his team since 2012, to sign with the Houston Texans.
The Broncos wanted the 25-year-old quarterback back on the team, reportedly offering him a three-year, $45 million deal.
The Texans trumped that offer with a four-year, $72 million deal, but that doesn't sound like the only reason why Osweiler decided to move to Houston.
Osweiler's seven career starts all came in 2015 while he filled in for an injured Peyton Manning. Osweiler played reasonably well in those seven games, but during an iffy Week 17 performance against the Chargers in which he threw two interceptions, the Broncos benched him for Manning.
The Broncos went on to win that game with the help of Manning, and Peyton was the starter throughout the postseason as they won the Super Bowl.
The move reportedly upset Osweiler. Before Manning was healthy, there were reports that the Broncos were Osweiler's team going forward. He didn't play a snap the rest of the season after Week 17.
Mike Kils of 9 News in Denver suggests that this is part of the reason why Osweiler fled Denver:
With a bigger payday in Houston, a solid defense, and an elite wide receiver already in place, it's not hard to see why the Texans were a more attractive option for Osweiler.
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