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Denver Broncos QB Brock Osweiler expected to hit market

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM
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If the Denver Broncos view quarterback Brock Osweiler as the future of the organization, he expects to be paid like it.

Osweiler, 25, who started seven games last season and is scheduled to become a free agent on Wednesday, was offered a three-year, $45 million deal including incentives to become the starting quarterback of the Broncos with Peyton Manning retiring.

The offer falls between Nick Foles' $12.25 million per year deal and Andy Dalton's $16 million annual average.

But Osweiler is set to test the market unless the Broncos make a more competitive offer. Two lurking candidates to sign him to a deal closer to market value -- $19 million to $21 million per year -- are the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns. The New York Jets would have to manuever to make room under the salary cap if they joined the bidding.

Ultimately, Osweiler is expected to stay with the Broncos but it is not known how high president and general manager John Elway is willing to go to retain him. Despite Osweiler's minimal sample size in the regular season, the Broncos drafted and developed him and no team has a better grasp for his ability, Elway said at the Super Bowl.

The Texans are moving away from Brian Hoyer, who had a dismal playoff performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, at the demand of owner Bob McNair.

Cleveland remains in limbo at the quarterback spot with Johnny Manziel likely to be released this week and Josh McCown not viewed as a long-term answer for new head coach Hue Jackson.

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