The Houston Texans traded Brock Osweiler and a 2018 second-round pick to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, with the Browns taking Osweiler’s $16 million guaranteed salary off of the Texans’ books.
Osweiler, 26, threw for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season.
“Wow, that’s crazy,” former NFL quarterback Vince Young said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’m a Houstonian, so whatever it takes for the team to get to where they need to be at. One of the things I do appreciate about the team is the defense plays some really good football. They have some really talented guys on offense, so as soon as they get that quarterback deal situated, I feel like they can finish the season how they want to finish it – because they are right there. That is crazy, though.”
Young, it is worth noting, is on a new team as well. He signed with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday.
“I’m happy,” Young said. “I’m happy to be playing for Roughrider Nation, and I’m excited. Just the opportunity to play football again, I really do love the game of football, to go out and compete, also build some chemistry with my teammates and also build chemistry and a relationship with the fans here. I think they’re really great. They’re really true fans. They love their football team. I’m looking forward to that and just looking forward to playing some football and trying to do what I can to help my teammates get to a Grey Cup.”
Young, who turns 34 in May, last played in an NFL game in 2011. He has not been guaranteed the starting job but plans to compete for it in camp.
The CFL is vastly different from the NFL. The field is longer, wider, the end zones are deeper, goal posts are at the front of the end zone, and teams only have three downs to gain 10 yards, among other differences.
Young, the third overall pick in 2006, threw for 8,964 yards, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions in 60 career NFL games. The former Texas Longhorn standout said he was immature early in his career and would like to give his younger self some advice.
“I really feel like I was playing pretty good football,” he said. “I just (had) the off-field stuff between me and my (coaches). It kind of dragged over to the next team and the next team, and they had this perception already about me. It was hard to fight out of that. So I would say just being an immature guy about situations of keeping your mouth closed at the right time.”