After serving for four seasons as Peyton Manning's backup and being benched despite compiling a 5-2 record as a starter in 2015, former Denver Broncos quarterback watched his team win a Super Bowl from the sideline and then signed a massive four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans after Manning retired. Reports emerged that Osweiler felt jilted with the team after being benched, and Texans owner Bob McNair publicly reasoned that Osweiler wanted to escape the shadow of Manning and Broncos legend John Elway.
Osweiler's former Broncos teammate Aqib Talib revealed that he warned Osweiler about leaving a championship team for a club that has gone 9-7 the past two years. In an interview with ESPN's Russillo and Kanell Monday, Talib shared the message he gave Osweiler before he signed his megadeal with the Texans.
"I was a little more surprised with Brock's situation than I was with Peyton's. What I tell the young guys, man, young guys like Malik [Jackson] and Brock, I tell them 'it's not always greener on the other side.' I've been on the other side before, so I mean, it might look like $100 million, but after about two 3-13 seasons that contract is gone. It's a whole new staff in there, once the guaranteed money is gone, it ain't really what it look like. So, I gave him fair warning, man. Hopefully those guys are successful and he gets to make all that big money. Hopefully he does.
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Do you think it was just an ego thing with him, or was it a straight money play? Because he felt disrespected, right? That's what came out later.
I mean, well if you're a backup quarterback, then that's your job title. You back up and when the starter comes back, you back, backup again. That was your role. He did a great job at his role. He came in, he went 5-2, he led us as a quarterback. He played great, and he was great in the locker room."
Talib also touched on the ongoing circus that is Johnny Manziel, and said that while he isn't quite sure where Johnny Football is living (Manziel admitted to lying about living with Von Miller on Instagram), he certainly won't be crashing at the Talib household.
"What if somebody said to you 'hey Aqib, we you to watch out for Manziel, can you have him stay at your house?' Would you do it?
No, man. I've got kids. I've got a two-year-old, going to turn three tomorrow actually. My hands is full with him, man."