NFL Rumors: Robert Griffin III to Houston a Possibility?
The NFL rumor mill is starting to heat up and we haven’t even hit the 2016 NFL Draft yet. A big one that is just now starting to rise up is Robert Griffin III’s next landing spot.
That’s especially the case with the Washington Redskins recently franchise tagging Kirk Cousins. The writing is on the wall in a huge way for RG3’s exit, so naturally it makes sense for him and quarterback-needy teams to start wondering if he’d make a good fit.
As it turns out, Robert Griffin III seems to have a good idea as to where he’d like to play: Houston.
Per reports, RG3 is “eyeing” the Texans as a place to set up shop for the long-term. There is certainly a need under center for the Texans, as journeyman passer Brian Hoyer wasn’t quite good enough in his first full season with the team. Hoyer battled concussion issues and inconsistency, and while he did lead Houston to an AFC South crown and a playoff appearance, his flaws were fully exposed in a blowout home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
For those reasons and his obvious availability, RG3 looks like an attractive get for Houston. That being said, RG3 is a freelance quarterback who has trouble sensing pressure and doesn’t always hit the open guy, so it’s worth wondering how he would fit in a more traditional offense.
It’s also worth wondering if Houston has it’s own sights set on someone else as their first option to upgrade over Hoyer.
Per reports, Brock Osweiler is deemed as a better fit and could be the next quarterback to start for the Texans in 2016. That could make some sense, especially since Osweiler flashed quality game-managing abilities in numerous starts in 2015, yet also displayed some upside via his ability to attack down the field. Still young and blessed with amazing size, underrated athleticism and a strong arm, there is still upside to be tapped into with Osweiler.
That may be a pretty good reason why the Denver Broncos aren’t ready to let him walk. With rumors heating up that Peyton Manning may not want to retire, what’s being lost in the scuffle is what is going to happen with Osweiler.
Per reports, the Broncos don’t want to keep Manning around, regardless of price, and instead have already handed Osweiler a large offer.
I’m told the Broncos have made a substantial offer to Brock Osweiler.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) March 3, 2016
How much money and how many years isn’t known, but Denver’s formerly lukewarm approach on Osweiler could quickly be changing as we draw closer to the 2016 NFL Free Agency period.
Nothing is set in stone yet, and that may be the beauty of the open market this year, as the likes of RG3 and Brock Osweiler head a pretty weak quarterback class, but one that could still make demands with major needs stretching across more teams than just the Texans and Broncos.
So, what would it mean for RG3 or Osweiler to be in Houston? Quite possibly disaster. The unfortunate reality is that RG3’s confidence and pocket presence are both shot and the elite athleticism that once made him a rookie sensation – at least the last time we saw him – appeared to be in regression. Osweiler, although fairly unproven and carrying some upside, is not tested as much as one would like and he also wavered at times in 2015.
Simply put, it’s a considerable gamble to bet on either of these guys leading Houston further than Hoyer could. The wise choice would be investing in a young quarterback and grooming him, rather than taking on a reclamation project. With that said, Osweiler exhibits better pocket and passing skills than RG3 has in the past few years, so he’d be the better (and safer) pick.
What would be better is for Osweiler to stick in Denver, where he knows the system and proved for a small stretch that he could manage games and get wins. If that left RG3 open for the Texans, then so be it.
The harsh reality is Houston probably isn’t making a deep playoff run with either guy. Denver, on the other hand, just won a title with a washed up Peyton Manning. With an elite defense in tow, Osweiler could return and do very little during another Super Bowl run. RG3 doing that in Houston, of course, is a long shot, at best.
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