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Browns could still be suitors for Jimmy Garoppolo after Brock Osweiler trade

03.09.17 at 4:24 pm ET
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Brock Osweiler signed a $72 million contract with the Texans last year. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Brock Osweiler signed a $72 million contract with the Texans last year. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The Browns have traded for a quarterback, but it might not take them out of the running for Jimmy Garoppolo.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns have acquired Brock Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick and 2017 sixth-round selection from the Texans in exchange for a fourth-rounder this year. Cleveland, which had over $100 million in cap space entering free agency, will take on the entirety of Osweiler’s contract.

Osweiler, 26, was abysmal in Houston last season, completing only 59 percent of his passes and posting a QB rating of 72.2.

With those numbers in mind, it’s apparent the Browns aren’t counting on him to be their next franchise quarterback –– or even start next season. Schefter reports Cleveland will likely try to trade Osweiler, though it remains uncertain how many suitors they’ll be for his services. With the Bears signing Mike Glennon and the 49ers bringing Brian Hoyer aboard, it looks like Osweiler’s market will be limited.

Given the Browns’ plethora of cap space, they could be willing to pay Osweiler his full $16 million salary this season and then cut bait with him next year, or cut him now.

Essentially, they’ve bought Houston’s 2018 second-round pick, which is a strategy teams often employ in the NBA.

Throughout the last several months, the Browns have been viewed as a likely destination for Garoppolo. That still doesn’t change, despite Osweiler’s presence. It seems like he was acquired just so Cleveland could secure another draft pick. The Browns are still apparently looking for a quarterback, and Garoppolo remains one of the most enticing options out there. That is, if the Patriots make him available.

Read More: Brock Osweiler, Cleveland Browns, Jimmy Garoppolo, New England Patriots

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