The main purpose for the Browns wasn’t upgrading their traditionally weak quarterbacking. It was acquiring an extra second-round choice even at the cost of having to assume Osweiler’s 2017 guaranteed base salary of $16 million. Nobody knows whether that pick will pan out. But we do know that, by keeping Osweiler through the final preseason cuts rather than releasing him following the second-round drafting of DeShone Kizer, the Browns took away valuable practice and exhibition-game reps from their younger quarterbacks who have more upside. The Browns also are on the hook for $15 million-plus after being unable to find a trade partner willing to assume some of Osweiler’s salary.
Osweiler returned to Denver in a backup role at a minimum $775,000 salary. The Browns have played two quarterbacks (Kizer and backup Kevin Hogan) who have combined for an NFL-high five interceptions in Cleveland’s 0-2 start.
The Bengals are one of five 0-3 teams in the NFL, which is not a good omen for their postseason hopes. Of the 168 teams to start a season 0-3 since 1980, only five have made the playoffs. That’s bad news for the 49ers, Browns, Chargers, Giants and Bengals.
After throwing for five touchdowns against the Texans, Brady now has six career games with at least five touchdown passes and no interceptions, the second most in NFL history. Only Saints quarterback Drew Brees (seven) has more.
Brady’s game-winner to Cooks, who caught five passes for 131 yards and two scores, was the result of a perfect throw to the front corner of the end zone and a terrific toe-tap by Cooks.