Is it time for us to accept that Brock Osweiler is a Houston Texan? Now that it's all a done deal and everything that needs to be said has been said, it's easy to see why there's been a mixed reaction from Denver Broncos fans.
We can stay mad at him for ditching the franchise that gave him a chance to learn under Peyton Manning, the greatest ever QB. Or we can sympathize, realising it must've been tough to be back on the bench late in the season, receiving no offer until Manning made a decision about his future.
Many a fan is outraged at the $72m deal Osweiler signed with the Texans, after all that privileged grooming in Denver. One might say it would've been easy to take less pay and stay – he would no longer be in the shadow of the recently-retired Manning. Others say it would still be Manning's team since he was so tight with the rest of the offensive huddle, especially the receivers.
But Osweiler was promised a fresh start with a team that had a string of QB failures for the entire 2015-16 season. However, if he wants to be star, he'll have to compete with the best thing that’s ever happened to the Texans – J.J. Watt. Yep, they're the only team that has a defensive player more revered than than its QB. Being a star would've happened quickly if he'd stayed with the Broncos, even in the aftermath of their Manning-fuelled success.
John Elway’s statement was understandably filled with innuendos.
We've stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here… we'll find the right player and person for our team.
Can we blame him for feeling bruised? No, not when future Broncos success was handed to Osweiler on a platter. Denver was stuck in the middle of a sticky situation – if they had signed Osweiler quickly, it would've seemed like they were pushing Manning out. Moreover, with Manning and Osweiler both being represented by agents within CAA, one would've gotten word about the other, whoever was first. Meanwhile, Osweiler just stewed, feeling like he wasn't worth fighting for. Houston seized their opportunity and swooped in with their checkbook wide open. And the deal was done.
Perhaps it’s time for us to move on, just as most of the players have.
Congrats @bosweiler17! Great for you bro. See u next year 😉— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) March 9, 2016
Good to see some of my teammates get paid congrats you guys deserve every penny— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) March 10, 2016
Y'all know good and damn well if you at 1 company and another company offer y'all more at the same position y'all gone! ✌🏾️🏃🏾💨— Omar C. Bolden (@Os_Island) March 9, 2016
If they've accepted it, we should too.
But we have to feel for the Broncos. Now begins the arduous process of finding a player to replace Number 18. And with the likes of Colin Kaepernick amongst the very few choices, it will not be an easy task.