Watch: Tony Romo signals move to Houston Texans after QB trade
March 9 (UPI) — Brock Osweiler’s ballooned salary is no longer on the hands of the Houston Texans.
The Texans shipped the underperforming quarterback to the Cleveland Browns Thursday, just before the start of the new league year.
The Browns got Osweiler, a 2017 sixth-round draft selection, and a 2018 second round NFL Draft pick in return for a 2017 fourth round draft pick.
Osweiler signed a four-year, $72 million contract last March with the Texans. The move clears $10 million in cap space for the Texans, who are rumored to be after Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
The 26-year-old Osweiler passed for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions last season, but still managed to get the Texans into the playoffs by winning the AFC South. Osweiler had just seven starts entering 2016.
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ESPN‘s Adam Schefter was the first to report the trade, which has since been confirmed by multiple outlets.
Romo said his goodbye to the Cowboys, just minutes after the trade after the trade, on social media.
“I just wanted to tell everyone its been a crazy 48 hours here,” Romo said on Instagram. “Me and my family have felt the outpouring of support from all of you. It has been overwhelming. It doesn’t go unnoticed. I want to say thank you and we have a lot to think about going forward. We will see what happens.”
The Texans currently have Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden atop its depth chart. The franchise reportedly will not trade for Romo and is mainly interested in him as a free agent.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported before the deal that the Denver Broncos or Texans would try to trade for the 36-year-old.
The Browns are considering releasing Osweiler and absorbing his massive 2017 salary, due to its large salary cap cushion., according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
For now, NFL front office executives are waiting on Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to make a decision on its veteran gunslinger.