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Horse Tracks: Brock Osweiler’s return to the Broncos is a good thing

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You can be surprised, but you can’t be mad.

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In case you haven’t heard, Brock Osweiler has agreed to terms to rejoin the Denver Broncos pending a physical later today.

Reaction to this news has fallen into two camps. I belong to the ‘let bygones be bygones’ group, while I know many of you belong to the ‘what the hell is John Elway doing?’ faction. Frankly, you’re right to have feelings on it either way.

After being an instrumental component to the Denver Broncos success en route to winning Super Bowl 50, Brock Osweiler rejected the Broncos contract offer to remain with the team, opting instead to sign with the Houston Texans for a dump-truck of money. Having been benched in the regular season finale of that Super Bowl season, Brock was unhappy and chose not join the Broncos on their trip to the White House and did not attend the Super Bowl ring celebration.

Broncos fans have plenty of reason to dislike Osweiler, but, considering the once-in-a-lifetime events that he opted out of, no amount of fan rancor will ever exceed the amount of regret Brock must feel.

For some reason, be it coaching, Brock’s shortcomings, or whatever, it didn’t work out for Osweiler in Houston. With big contracts come great expectations and, for better or worse, Brock didn’t meet them. Over the offseason, Osweiler was traded, along with a 2nd round pick in 2018, to the Cleveland Browns in what was essentially a contract dump. Trades like this rarely happen and, outside of a swap of compensatory picks between the teams, wouldn’t have been allowed. It had to be a huge embarrassment to #17.

...then he got cut by the Cleveland Browns.

Ladies and gentlemen, Brock Osweiler would likely be the first to tell you that he made a poor choice to leave the Broncos. He would likely acknowledge that his handling of that departure wasn’t handled well.

...but he has paid a healthy price for those indiscretions. Granted, he also got that dump-truck of money. Regardless, his fall from grace was abrupt.

...and now, assuming his physical goes well later today, he’s back.

I’m not saying that you should forget Osweiler’s exit from Denver. I’m saying that you should keep in mind what happened since he left. It takes some serious character to admit that you were wrong by rejoining a team once scorned. Also, let’s not forget that when it counted, Brock came through for the Broncos and was instrumental in their Super Bowl success in 2015.

I’m confident that if Brock has to step under-center at some point in the season, the Broncos will be in good hands. Let’s cut the guy a little slack.

HORSE TRACKS

Awkward! Brock Osweiler is returning to the Denver Broncos. - The Washington Post
Sports can be strange. Even John Elway admits his former and now present quarterback will require “a little love."

Bucs signing T.J. Ward to 1-year deal worth up to $5M - NFL.com
T.J. Ward wasn't on the open market for long. Just hours after the Denver Broncos parted ways with the veteran defensive back, the Buccaneers locked up Ward to a one-year, $5 million deal.

Vance Joseph expects release of T.J. Ward to rattle Denver Broncos - AFC West- ESPN
Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he would be concerned if his players weren't upset about the release of T.J. Ward, one of the defense's leaders.

Broncos plan to place OLB Shane Ray on IR, eye Week 8 return
President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway explained his reasoning Saturday night.

Broncos re-sign Kyle Peko to active roster – ProFootballTalk
The Broncos re-signed nose tackle Kyle Peko to the active roster, the team announced Sunday. Injuries have taken a toll on the Broncos in the defensive line with starters Derek Wolfe and Jared Crick both hoping to return for the season opener against the Chargers.

Broncos Add 9 Players To Practice Squad « CBS Denver
The Denver Broncos added nine players to their practice squad on Sunday.

Titans bring back Eric Weems, place Harry Douglas on IR – ProFootballTalk
The Titans dealt with injuries to several receivers this summer and one of them has been placed on injured reserve. The team announced that Harry Douglas is off the 53-man roster. They also announced that they have re-signed Eric Weems, who was cut on Saturday.

Justin Houston has a simple strategy for dealing with Tom Brady – ProFootballTalk
The NFL season begins on Thursday night, with the Chiefs visiting the Patriots. And Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has a simple plan for the greatest quarterback in league history. “To hit him," Houston told reporters on Sunday regarding his strategy for dealing with Tom Brady.

Chiefs GM: Patrick Mahomes is not 'even close right now' to Alex Smith - CBSSports.com
Despite all those jaw-dropping throws in the preseason, Mahomes isn't ready to start just yet

Notable roster moves: Chiefs re-sign RB C.J. Spiller - NFL.com
The Kansas City Chiefs brought back C.J. Spiller a day after cutting the running back. NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported the Chiefs re-signed the veteran back and placed corner Steven Nelson on injured reserve after having core surgery Aug. 29.

Ex-Denver Broncos OL Michael Schofield claimed by Chargers
The Chargers claimed offensive lineman Michael Schofield and defensive back Jeff Richards off waivers on Sunday.

Saints release Darryl Tapp, John Kuhn – ProFootballTalk
The Saints released defensive end Darryl Tapp and fullback John Kuhn to make room for two players they claimed off the waiver wire, according to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. New Orleans claimed quarterback Taysom Hill and wide receiver Austin Carr on Sunday.

Cowboys trade for Jayrone Elliott, cut Cedric Thornton – ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys claimed defensive tackle Brian Price off of waivers from the Packers on Sunday and they also traded for one of his defensive teammates from Green Bay.

Anquan Boldin reportedly 'remains intrigued by the possibility' of joining Patriots - CBSSports.com
Could one of the game's best receivers be joining the game's best team?

Saints' Adrian Peterson admits he wants to 'stick it' to the Vikings in Week 1 - CBSSports.com
Peterson will return to Minnesota in a different uniform for the debut of 'Monday Night Football'

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera thinks quarterback Cam Newton is 'ready' for season opener
Ron Rivera didn't hesitate when asked where QB Cam Newton was in his rehab. "I think he's ready," Rivera said. "You wish he'd had a few more snaps and played a little bit earlier in the preseason so we'd have more to go on. But what we saw, we liked."

Chicago Bears claim RB Taquan Mizzell, cut former starting RB Jeremy Langford
Running back Jeremy Langford, who began last season as the Bears' starter, was released Sunday after the team claimed undrafted running back Taquan Mizzell off waivers.

Buffalo Bills waive RB Jonathan Williams
The Bills waived running back Jonathan Williams, who was expected to play a significant role behind LeSean McCoy in the Buffalo's backfield. Veteran linebacker Gerald Hodges and receiver Philly Brown also were released.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade safety J.J. Wilcox to Pittsburgh Steelers
The Buccaneers created a roster spot for newly signed safety T.J. Ward, trading safety J.J. Wilcox to the Steelers for a draft pick on Sunday.

Waivers: Will Tye, Brad Kaaya among players claimed - NFL.com
A day after 32 teams trimmed their rosters from 90 to 53, a collection of players have been claimed by new employers. We have the full list of waiver claims made official by the league.

Redskins place Su'a Cravens on exempt/left squad list - NFL.com
The Washington Redskins placed second-year safety Su'a Cravens on the exempt/left squad list Sunday.