Brock Osweiler will not accompany his former Denver Broncos teammates Monday on their trip to meet President Barack Obama, but he has a valid reason for skipping the Super Bowl champs’ White House visit.
Osweiler, you see, signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans earlier this offseason. That kind of deal carries with it lofty expectations, and the 25-year-old quarterback is choosing to spend as much time as possible around his new teammates — even if it means missing out on a meet-and-greet with the president.
“The Broncos graciously extended an invitation for me to join them at the White House on Monday, but due to a scheduled (organized team activity) in Houston, I feel it is important to be at practice with my new teammates,” Osweiler said in a statement Thursday, via USA Today. “It’s a new offensive system for me and every practice and rep is extremely important. I am very appreciative of the Broncos wanting to include me on this special day.”
Osweiler played in eight games for the Broncos last season, splitting time under center with Peyton Manning. With Osweiler now in Houston and Manning now retired, the competition for Denver’s starting quarterback spot this season will be a three-horse race between veteran Mark Sanchez, 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch and 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian.
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