The Houston Texans reached an agreement to sign quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year deal is worth $72 million, with a guaranteed $37 million over the length of the contract on Wednesday.
“Coming to Houston was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Osweiler told ESPN. “What I see with this football team is something special. I believe this organization is on the cusp of doing something great. That’s something I want to be a part of. I’m very excited to be here and just get to work.”
Head coach Bill O’Brien has run through seven different quarterbacks in the last two seasons. Last season the Texans won the AFC South finishing 9-7 only to get shutout by the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to Brian Hoyer’s five interceptions and a fumble in the 30-0 loss.
Osweiler, who was selected in the second round by the Denver Broncos, became Peyton Manning’s backup until last season where he started seven games and finished with a 5-2 record.
He was instrumental in the Broncos continuing their march towards the playoffs, winning the AFC West and eventually the Super Bowl. Though many want to credit Manning for the team’s success, however between the Denver defense and the midseason play of Osweiler, Denver would not be in the conversation right now when speaking of champions.
In Houston, Osweiler looks to be appreciated and according the new starting quarterback, he feels the team is on “the cusp of doing something great.”
“It was very difficult,” Osweiler said of leaving the Broncos. “I’d be lying to you if I said anything else. I had a tremendous four seasons there in Denver, and you know those are four years that I’ll always hold very close to my heart.”
Hoyer, along with Tom Savage remain on the roster, however this season the starting job will be Osweiler’s to lose.
He is no stranger to hard work, and that’s exactly what it will take in order for this team to achieve greatness.
“Ultimately, a world championship,” Osweiler said of his goal in Houston.
The Texans also gave Osweiler some more offensive help with signing running back Lamar Miller on a four-year, $26 million deal. He looks to share the duties with Alfred Blue.
“The Texans are getting a home-run hitter, a guy who can make a play anywhere on the field and a guy who can protect the quarterback,” Miller told The Houston Chronicles’ on Wednesday. “I’m excited to be a part of the Texans family. I just feel good to get this huge opportunity. I’ve been putting in all of this hard work and doing this ever since I was a little kid, and now it’s all paying off.”
Miller will look to fill that role voided by Arian Foster, whom the team released earlier in March. The Texans have a great trio in tact with Osweiler, Miller, and high flying wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this season.