The Denver Broncos officially announced their intentions to sign quarterback Brock Osweiler on Saturday pending a physical on Monday, and general manager John Elway is excited about the reunion but knows there is work to do.
Osweiler was the Broncos’ second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Broncos, starting seven games in 2015 and helping Denver earn a victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers.
The following offseason, Peyton Manning retired and it appeared that Osweiler would be the heir apparent in Denver. But contract talks broke down and he signed with the Houston Texans. Thing went awry for Osweiler from there, but Elway thinks that they can help put him back together again.
“He went 5-2 as a starter for us and without [Osweiler] that year we don’t win a Super Bowl,” Elway said per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “I’m sure it’s probably been a long 18 months for him.
“He’s going to need a little football rehab. We know that. We’ll welcome him with open arms and give him some love.”
Osweiler was traded to the Cleveland Browns after just one year with the Texans. The Browns then released Osweiler on Friday, opening the door for his return to Denver.
The Broncos have a need for a veteran backup to Trevor Siemian after Paxton Lynch suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the week. Osweiler has experience in new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s system, having played for McCoy as a rookie in 2012 before he left Denver to become the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.