Broncos to re-sign Brock Osweiler as backup quarterback

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Pending a physical, the Broncos plan to re-sign quarterback Brock Osweiler.

Osweiler was a second-round pick for the Broncos in 2012 and will serve as the backup to Trevor Siemian while Paxton Lynch‘s shoulder injury heals.

Osweiler was cut by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.

The move comes less than 18 months after Osweiler left Denver for a $72 million contract with the Houston Texans.

Osweiler was benched by the Texans late during the 2016 season. The Texans traded him to Cleveland for a second-round draft pick during the offseason.

Osweiler spent the first four seasons of his career (2012-15) in Denver as a backup and went 5-2 as a starter in 2015 while Peyton Manning was injured.

"We're excited about that opportunity to have that experience there with Brock, and plus with Paxton, you never know with the throwing shoulder," general manager John Elway said.

Osweiler will be the backup "until Lynch gets healthy," Elway added.

Osweiler left Denver a month after the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.

"When Brock made that decision he made the best decision that he thought was best for him," Elway said. "It’s just kind of funny how these things worked out with our situation and Brock being available -- funny how everything aligned.

"We know that Brock can win football games with us. He’s got a lot of experience and that was one glaring hole we had at that time in my mind when Paxton hurt the shoulder. We’re able to get it fixed.”