Brock Osweiler answers questions at his first press conference as a member of the Cleveland Browns (Photo courtesy: WOIO)

CLEVELAND – After acquiring quarterback Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans this offseason, the Cleveland Browns are releasing the five-year veteran prior to the 2017 NFL season.

The Browns owe Osweiler $16 million of his guaranteed salary, but also keep Houston’s 2018 second-round pick as part of the offseason trade between the teams.

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Osweiler started Cleveland’s first two games of the preseason, but did not play at all in the final two games. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 67 yards and one interception.

Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson made the decision to name rookie DeShone Kizer the Browns’ starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Throughout his career, Osweiler holds a 59.9 completion percentage in 36 games, in addition to 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He won a Super Bowl as the backup to Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50, and shortly after signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Houston Texans.