The NFL moves fast.
Early Saturday evening, the Indianapolis Colts had perhaps the best overall quarterback situation in the NFL if you count depth. Andrew Luck was the starter, Jacoby Brissett was a capable backup and Chad Kelly was a promising No. 3. Perfect.
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And as we know, that really changed. Colts fans went from celebrating Luck, one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, to the news that the team had brought in the much maligned Brock Osweiler for a visit on Tuesday.
Why would the Colts consider Brock Osweiler?
The Colts might have to sign a quarterback. Brissett will take over as the starter after Luck’s sudden retirement, but Kelly is suspended for the first two games of the season after his strange trespassing incident that got him cut from the Denver Broncos last season. They could roll with Phillip Walker for a couple weeks, but might want some veteran insurance.
Osweiler is penning one of the NFL’s truly odd careers. He was a big part of the 2015 Denver Broncos’ championship team. He signed a massive deal with the Houston Texans. He didn’t work there (to say the least), was part of a rare salary-dump trade to the Cleveland Browns, eventually landed with the Broncos again in 2017 and then the Miami Dolphins in 2018.
Osweiler has started games in each of the last four seasons. Who knows, maybe he’ll make it five in a row. He’s a survivor.
Osweiler on speed dial
The Colts likely wouldn’t keep Osweiler, or whoever they would sign if they do choose to bring in a veteran, for long. Kelly has done a good enough job in the preseason that the Colts will likely be comfortable with him as a No. 2.
Osweiler seems to be setting himself up as the NFL’s top speed-dial quarterback on the street. He has come in and played when needed each of the last two seasons. One of his best games, coincidentally enough, came on a Thursday night against the Colts two seasons ago when he was in Denver. Osweiler can be added and provide at least somewhat reasonable quarterback play on short notice. It’s rare that an NFL season passes without some team needing that.
Luck’s retirement was shocking on many levels. Including what it did to the rest of the Colts’ quarterback depth chart.
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