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  • Browns Release Brock Osweiler - Signs With Broncos

    QB Brock Osweiler released by Browns

    The Cleveland Browns released Brock Osweiler on Friday, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter, one day before they had to trim their roster to 53 players.

    The move leaves the Browns with Cody Kessler and likely Kevin Hogan as backups to rookie starter DeShone Kizer.

    Kessler and Hogan are both in their second seasons, and neither has won a game in the NFL.

    Acquired in the offseason from the Houston Texans, Osweiler was given a chance to earn the starting job in Cleveland. He started two games in the preseason, but did not play well, completing 12 of 22 passes for 67 yards.

    When Kizer scored 23 points in almost two halves of football, the Browns turned to Kizer. Oweiler did not play in either of the team's final two preseason games.

    The Browns acquired Osweiler in a March trade that also sent Houston's second-round pick in the 2018 draft to Cleveland. The Browns basically accepted Osweiler's guaranteed $16 million salary to get the draft pick. But when they could not find a solution to the quarterback position other than the draft, they kept Osweiler through the preseason.

    Hogan earned a roster spot with his play in the final two preseason games; he completed 21 of 32 passes for 269 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in three preseason games. His play came against third- and fourth-team defenses, but his QB rating was 123.

    Coach Hue Jackson said on a midafternoon conference call that he had not yet decided who would be the backup.

    Kessler has eight starts from his rookie season but had a slow start to this preseason while Hogan finished strong.

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    Broncos will welcome Brock Osweiler 'with open arms

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With backup quarterback Paxton Lynch expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, the Denver Broncos quickly turned to a familiar face Saturday, signing Brock Osweiler to a one-year deal.

    Osweiler, who spent his first four years in the league with the Broncos, was released by the Cleveland Browns earlier this week. The Broncos will pay Osweiler the veterans' minimum of $775,000.

    "I think with the opportunity we had to get Brock back, we're excited about that opportunity to have that experience there with Brock,'' said Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway. "Plus with Paxton, you never know with the throwing shoulder.''

    The Browns, who owed Osweiler $16 million after his release, will now pay him $15.225 million. Osweiler's deal with the Broncos is pending a physical on Monday.