The Denver Broncos have reunited with quarterback Brock Osweiler who spurned them in free agency to sign a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans shortly after the Broncos had won Super Bowl 50.
The release opened the door for a return to Denver and Osweiler is feeling good about his coming back to the team he started his career with, inking a one-year deal with the Broncos on Monday.
“It’s hard to describe in words, but being back here [Monday], practicing as a Bronco, being here at Dove Valley, probably top five, if not three, day of my life,” Osweiler said (h/t ESPN).
“Today has been incredible.”
Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway is remembered for saying that the team wanted players “who want to be Denver Broncos” in response to Osweiler’s decision to sign with Houston.
Now, Elway says the team would welcome Osweiler back “with open arms.”
And about that infamous decision to leave Denver for Houston in free agency?
“I have no regrets on my decision,” Osweiler said. ”
I would say I’m ecstatic to be back here. It’s kind of like that old deal when you’re a little kid and your mom, you know, she tells you, ‘Don’t touch the hot stove.’ So, what do you have to do as a curious kid? You’ve got to go touch the hot stove and you learn real quick how nice that stove is when it’s not hot. … My wife and I, we miss Colorado every single day.”
“He looked fine, he looked tall,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said.
“But he’s been with Mike before, so the terminology wasn’t that different for him.”
“I have nothing but love and appreciation for this organization, for John Elway, for Joe Ellis, for the Bowlen family, just for this community,” said Osweiler, who went 5-2 in the games he started in 2015 in place of Peyton Manning, who had an injured foot. “Our old neighbors have reached out. … I want people to know that my decision [to leave] didn’t come lightly … I was a mess.
“At the end of the day I tried making the best business decision for myself and my family. Whether I made the best one or not, that could be argued, but the fact of the matter is it was made.
I’m not going to live in the past, but I’ve always had nothing but love and appreciation for the Denver Broncos and the city of Denver.”