Browns to Release Robert Griffin III

Beth Cruz
March 13, 2017

The Browns also are considering just cutting Osweiler immediately, as often happens in National Basketball Association salary dumps, being that they have so much space to work with.

Quarterback Brock Osweiler has been traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns in an unusual move which was one of the highlights of the first day of free agency.

Upon breaking the trade, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Browns were not interested in keeping Osweiler.

The Texans still remain interested in Tony Romo per reports but will not trade for him. Bring in Osweiler on a cheap contract and take a flier on him.

Per Cabot, the Browns are willing to send Osweiler and a fifth-round pick for a third-round pick. The Browns braintrust made a decision to effectively trade cap space for a draft pick. It's why they signed Robert Griffin III last offseason, and when that didn't work out, it's why they traded for Brock Osweiler earlier this week (right before they released RG3). In an National Basketball Association style trade, they absorb the bad contract of Osweiler from Houston and receive their 2nd round pick. Osweiler is getting $16 million from the Browns even if they cut him. Instead of over-spending on players, teams will crave draft picks, a strategy the Patriots have used for the last decade-plus to consistently stockpile cheap talent and consistently reload rather than rebuild. But the Texans rolled the dice and gave Osweiler that four-year deal that included $37 million. Now the Browns have the quarterback they desperately were looking for, but does this mean that the Texans are all-in on going after Cowboys' QB Tony Romo?

The Browns will release the quarterback on Friday, a person familiar with the move told USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero. The Texans also will get the Browns' fourth-round pick this year in exchange for their own 6th-round pick.

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