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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.


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