The Houston Texans and quarterback Brock Osweiler have agreed to a deal, reports NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Osweiler’s deal is for four years and $72 million.
Osweiler, 25, threw for 1,967 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in eight games in 2015, his fourth season in the league, while starting in place of an injured Peyton Manning.
With Manning announcing his retirement Monday, Osweiler had the opportunity to become Denver’s full-time starter. He did not accept the Broncos’ reported offer of three years and more than $45 million.
John Elway, the Broncos executive vice president and general manager has shifted his attention to other quarterback options.
“We’ve stayed true to our philosophy of building a team with players who want to be Denver Broncos and want to be here,” Elway said in a statement. “That’s been a successful approach for us. While we did offer a very competitive and fair long-term contract to Brock, we ultimately had to remain disciplined while continuing to assemble a roster that can compete for championships. We’ve now turned our attention to other options at quarterback and are confident that we’ll find the right player and person for our team. Our organization thanks Brock for his contributions and wishes him all the best.”
Osweiler was selected by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona State.