The strange football journey of Brock Osweiler takes another turn. Osweiler will be joining the Miami Dolphins in his free agency in 2018.
What has been weirder: Brock Osweiler’s football career over the last few years or the Miami Dolphins’ 2018 offseason? That is debatable, but what is not is that these two football entities are now joining forces.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Osweiler will be signing with the Dolphins in his free agency. This will be the fourth NFL team Osweiler will be a member of since Super Bowl 50, when the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Osweiler is a former second-round pick by the Broncos in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arizona State. He spent his first four years in the league primarily as Peyton Manning’s backup in Denver. Osweiler did go 5-2 in his first seven starts as a professional while with the 2015 Broncos.
That offseason, Osweiler signed a multi-year deal with the Houston Texans. Houston would go 8-6 with him under center as its quarterback in 2016, but quickly moved off from him in the 2017 offseason.
Osweiler was traded to the Cleveland Browns in a glorified salary dump last spring. He would be a warm body during Browns camp, but was released from the team before Week 1. The prodigal son would return to the Broncos in 2017 on a one-year deal, where he went 0-4 as a starter. It seems that his second stint in Denver was only temporary.
By joining the Dolphins, Osweiler will be reunited with a familiar face in head coach Adam Gase. Gase was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator in 2013 and 2014. He had been with the Broncos organization since 2009 as an offensive coach.
This signing largely means that Osweiler will be backing up presumably Ryan Tannehill if he’s healthy. Miami has dumped several notable players in the last few months so it can undergo a culture change. The Dolphins will be without Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry and Ndamukong Suh in 2018. But will that be enough to offset the losing?
Miami will be facing a rebuilding year in the down AFC. With the rival New England Patriots still on top in the AFC East, Miami can be afforded this luxury of a hopefully quick rebuild. By adding Osweiler, the Dolphins will be getting a quarterback who has played several games against New England, both in Denver and Houston.
For a backup that could spot-start, this isn’t the worst get in the world for the Dolphins. Osweiler will get an opportunity to work on his tan now that he’s done in South Beach.