The Houston Texans sent shockwaves through the NFL on the first day of free agency, sending a second-round pick in 2018 to Cleveland to get the Browns to take quarterback Brock Osweiler off their hands.
Now, news is starting to surface that it was more than poor play (59 percent completion percentage, 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 72.2 passer rating) that prompted the Texans to ship out the quarterback just one year after they signed him to a four-year contract worth $72 million, with $37 million guaranteed.
According to a report on profootballtalk.com, the decision was made in the aftermath of an incident that occurred Jan. 1, when Osweiler and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien got into a "physical altercation" at halftime.
After falling to No. 2 on the depth chart behind Tom Savage during the regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans, Osweiler was told at halftime he would be called into action after Savage was removed from the game due to a concussion.
Per profootballtalk.com's source, Osweiler reacted negatively to O'Brien, apparently harboring hard feelings on being demoted. An argument ensued, voices were raised and a physical altercation reportedly occurred in the visiting coach's office, although the severity is in question. Osweiler claimed he was being "held hostage," according to the report.
Following that incident, the team was determined to find a way to move on from him, according to the report.