Brock Osweiler started seven games this past season for the Denver Broncos and appeared to be the heir apparent to Peyton Manning. And then he signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans not long after the Broncos won the Super Bowl.
So, what happened?
The initial speculation was that Osweiler was upset about Manning replacing him late in the regular-season finale and regaining the starting in the postseason. Others believed there was simply too much pressure in Denver after Manning and GM John Elway both won Super Bowls with the franchise.
“I have tremendous respect for both John Elway and Peyton Manning as people and as quarterbacks in the NFL, but I was not concerned one bit with playing in their shadow. That didn’t weigh into my decision whatsoever,” Osweiler said. “Bottom line, I made my decision off where I felt like I could have the most success playing quarterback in the NFL and where I could go and win long term.”