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Texans trade Osweiler to the Browns

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Houston gave up a second-round pick in 2018 and a sixth-round pick in 2017 for Cleveland's 2017 fourth-round pick, the 142nd overall.

The Cleveland Browns sent the National Football League world fluttering for a brief moment on Thursday when it was announced they were acquiring quarterback Brock Osweiler in a trade with Houston. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The Browns value draft picks, but to pay $16 million for a likely lower tier second-round pick in 2018 cannot be what they're ultimately shooting for, can it? The Browns may be willing to part with the 12th pick and one of next year's second-rounders for Garoppolo. Whether that means they actually want Osweiler the player, or his contract for salary-cap purposes remains to be seen. They also could try to turn around and deal Osweiler again.

Look. For as much flak as Osweiler took a year ago with the Texans, he still was the starting quarterback for a playoff team.

Former Oklahoma receiver Kenny Stills has signed a $32 million, four-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins. The Browns needed a quarterback, and they got a veteran with experience. Plus, Schefter reported that the Texans are likely to pursue Tony Romo, once he gets released by the Cowboys.

Of Osweiler's 488 career completions, 47 went for at least 20 yards, but just eight led to gains of 40 or more yards. Could the Texans not send Osweiler and a 3rd to the Browns for a conditional 7th in Brock wins a playoff game or something like that.

Either Brown is playing out the "competition" angle to make this trade look less like a cap-for-pick purchase agreement, or Cleveland will really take a look at Osweiler before dumping him.

It's nice that the Browns keep accumulating draft picks, but they've been doing this for years and continue to whiff on their early picks. The day McCloughan was hired, team President Bruce Allen said the new GM would have full control over personnel decisions, but there were splits in the front office on a number of issues. And with Jay Cutler and Tony Romo potentially hitting the open market, along with Colin Kaepernick still out there, things are going to happen at some point.

Some fans, however, aren't too fond about the possibility of Houston acquiring the 36-year-old quarterback.

They could even trade up with San Francisco to No. 2 and get their pick of the litter of quarterbacks.

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