Browns release Robert Griffin III

  • Browns release Robert Griffin III

Browns release Robert Griffin III

Don't expect to see Osweiler in a Browns uniform right away, however.

They have not yet decided what they'll do with Osweiler, and his arrival does not necessarily affect any decisions on Robert Griffin III, who is due a roster bonus this weekend. To his credit, Griffin didn't give in, worked tirelessly during his rehab and got healthy enough to play, even leading the Browns to their only win in an otherwise historically bad season.

Look closely at the Patriots - they rarely spend lavishly in free agency (a one-off here with Revis; a one-off there with Stephon Gilmore), but instead take advantage of players on their rookie contracts, ride them to glory, and then when it's time to pay them, move on.

So Griffin is a free agent once again, just a year after signing with Cleveland.

Ever since Sashi Brown took over in Cleveland 14 months ago, and quickly imported former baseball executive Paul DePodesta, the assumption that the new brass would be borrowing analytical models from other sports and bringing them to the National Football League has been made.

Meanwhile, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported the Browns will likely cut Osweiler, assuming nobody offers a trade for him. And the fact is that, if the season started last Sunday, Tom Savage would've been ahead of Osweiler on the depth chart. One day after executing a stunning trade which stylistically resembles those seen in the National Basketball Association, the Browns are now expected to release the former Heisman trophy victor, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Even if Cleveland can't make a deal, they could still grant him his release as they have plenty of cap space to eat whatever they owe Osweiler by virtue of this trade. But with the price for the three-year backup reportedly being two first-round picks, the Browns didn't stall their offseason plans in waiting for the Patriots to come off their asking price.

The New York Jets made the release of cornerback Darrelle Revis official Thursday, shortly after the NFL's free agency period began.

Osweiler completed just 59% of his passes in 2016 for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.

However, aside from having a better salary cap and money situation, the Osweiler trade could have been done because of the Texans' pursuit of Romo.

NY also re-signed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana to a two-year deal worth $11 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Cousins made almost $20 million last season under a tag. He's guaranteed $37 million from the deal but now Cleveland is taking on the remaining bulk of the cost.