The Browns, after naming rookie DeShone Kizer as the starting quarterback for their third preseason game, have renewed their attempt to trade veteran Brock Osweiler, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports.
Browns coach Hue Jackson named Kizer as the starter for Saturday’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a statement released Wednesday morning, saying the former Notre Dame star is “certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season.”
Osweiler, who is due a guaranteed salary of $16 million for 2017, is not expected to play Saturday, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Asked whether he would ask for a trade, Osweiler told ESPN, “that’s something I’m going to stay away from.”
“I’ve told you guys all along, I’m always going to just focus on the things that I can control,” Osweiler said. “Right now, that’s being a great teammate, that’s continuing to prepare, be a pro, stay in the playbook and continue to strive to be a better player every day.”
The Browns acquired Osweiler in May as a throw-in on a deal that sent Houston’s second round draft pick in 2018 to Cleveland. The Browns listened to trade offers then, but kept Osweiler after not finding a deal they liked.