September will mark the third consecutive year the Texans have opened the season with a new starting quarterback. It was Brian Hoyer in 2015, Brock Osweiler in 2016 and this season rookie DeShaun Watson appears likely to get the call.
So misery loves company. Well, then, color the Washington Redskins tickled pink. Once upon a time, and not too long ago, the Redskins were the leading actors in Free Agents Gone Wrong. Their 2009 signing of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth generally is regarded as the worst example of free-agent spending … or overspending … since that …
Tony Romo is on the Dallas books in 2017 for $24.7 million, a steep price to pay for a backup quarterback. So it’s been speculated Romo will be either traded or released this offseason — which makes Houston a likely landing spot.
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league and the Broncos have lost the two quarterbacks who combined to win 15 games last season. Peyton Manning won 10 of them but has retired. Brock Osweiler won the other five games filling in for an injured Manning but bolted for the Houston Texans this offseason in free agency.
If Brock Osweiler, a veteran of only seven NFL starts, proves worthy of his contract, the Texans could become Super Bowl contenders for years to come. The defense is already at that level with J.J. Watt chasing down quarterbacks.