The deal is pending an Osweiler physical on Monday. When the Broncos’ offense sputtered in their final game, Manning replaced Osweiler and led Denver to a 27-20 comeback win against San Diego that secured the AFC’s top seed.
The Broncos took Osweiler in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Texans traded him to Cleveland earlier this offseason.
Osweiler spent the first four years of his National Football League career with the Broncos before he signed with the Houston Texans as a free agent and then was shipped off to Cleveland this season after one unsuccessful season with the Texans.
Osweiler’s name will never be added to the long list of starting quarterbacks since 1999, but his time in Cleveland may pop up on some future trivia questions. Elway’s original plan in 2016 was to make Osweiler the starter, and now, not only does he get to go back to that original plan, but he’ll likely be able to do it at his own price.
Osweiler went 5-2 in relief of an injured Manning during the Broncos’ Super Bowl season two years ago before bolting to Houston in free agency.
The Broncos could use any help at the quarterback position, but can Osweiler help them out at all? With Cleveland already locked in to pay Osweiler’s $16 million salary, the Broncos will absorb a minor chunk of that king’s ransom by signing the 26-year-old passer to the league minimum, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport was told.