Former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler has reportedly agreed to sign with the Houston Texans, leaving former Northwestern Wildcat Trevor Siemian as the only quarterback on the Broncos' roster.
The news was first reported by Rand Getlin of the NFL Network, and was soon confirmed by Adam Schefter of ESPN:
I'm told QB Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal in principle with the Houston #Texans.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2016
Brock Osweiler is signing with the Houston Texans, as @Rand_Getlin reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Peyton Manning, who led the Broncos to a Super Bowl Championship in February, recently retired. The Broncos failed to re-sign Osweiler before he hit free agency.
Siemian, a 7th-round draft pick of the Broncos last May, appeared in one game in 2015, and took just one snap — an end-of-half kneel down against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning was inactive, and Osweiler went to the locker room with an injury, allowing Siemian to take the reigns briefly, but Osweiler returned after halftime.
Siemian appeared in three of four preseason games for the Broncos in 2015. He completed 23 of his 40 pass attempts for 283 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. His performance was good enough to beat out 2014 7th-round pick Zac Dysert for the third-string QB spot in Denver.
The Broncos will be looking for at least two quarterbacks to add to its roster through either free agency or the draft. Schefter dropped this hint:
With Brock Osweiler off to Houston, RGIII is on Broncos' list of replacement quarterbacks, per source. Could be visiting Denver.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
But for now, Trevor Siemian is the only quarterback on the roster of the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.