And, upon closer inspection, it's a brilliant move for the Browns.
In one season as the Texans' starter, the 6-foot-7 Osweiler threw for 2,957 yards, 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
The Browns stunned the NFL world minutes before the league year started Thursday afternoon.
The teams also exchanged other, later-round draft picks as part of the trade, according to another person who confirmed the deal.
Houston's long sports nightmare is over now that the Texans have traded under-performing quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns.
Now the Browns reportedly are shopping Osweiler with acquiring a 2018 third-round pick in mind. Why? This is a developing story and will be changed once more information becomes available.
But it gets better.
The Browns have plenty of ammunition to finally get their messy quarterback situation cleaned up. Osweiler agreed to leave the Denver Broncos when free agency began, leaving a pending starting job with the Super Bowl champions to become Houston's quarterback. Again, that $16 million, which is not much for a second-round pick.
The deal is being hailed as one of the most creative in National Football League history.
It's also pretty nice for the Texans.
The Cleveland Browns have more than $100 million in salary-cap space.
Houston appeared willing to stand pat at the quarterback position and hope to try and sign Romo as a free agent once he was released by the Cowboys.