Originally Posted by Anyawatchin Angel
Did they though? I heard reports that they really didn't rush to offer him a contract. It could be because he was pouting for being benched and said to them he was out.
And as for that defense they have lost some key pieces. And now they are losing the RB the should have been featuring all year.
The basic timeline I was able to piece together seems to have the Broncos making an offer to him of 3 years, $45 million (never saw anything on the guaranteed money of that deal). Then the "legal tampering" phase began and it became apparent that Houston was serious and was going to make a much higher offer. Bidding war starts and Denver goes all the way up to 4 years, 60 million (30 guaranteed) and Elway makes the statement that they won't get into a bidding war. Houston makes their big time offer and the rest is history.
The storyline I keep hearing here in Houston is it is really a 2 year, $37 million deal. First year he is a $12 million cap hit. Second year he is a $19 mil hit. Then they can cut him with only $6 mil dead money in 2018, if they like. But if they don't, he's making $21 million in 2018. I would be VERY curious to hear what the GM Rick Smith and Bill O'Brien feel are appropriate numbers for him to justify continuing that contract in 2018 (though I have no idea what the cap limit will be then...could have raised enough that a $21 million dollar a year QB is no biggie).
I think what Denver didn't realize is how desperate Houston is for a QB. We've been looking at garbage (admittedly, garbage that Bill O'Brien managed to get a lot out of) for several years and even the owner, who is normally pretty silent on football matters, came out publicly and said this team will be getting a real QB this offseason. They were going to spend whatever it took for Osweiler.