The four-year, $72 million contract for Osweiler certainly looks like a huge error for the Texans, but the good news is that it’s one that Houston can comfortably part ways with once the 2017 season is over. After the upcoming $19 million hit, the Texans can cut Osweiler and absorb only $6 million in dead money in 2018 and $3 million in 2019.

But if the Texans cut ties with Osweiler this offseason, his cap hit will actually rise to $25 million in 2017.

Simply put: Although the Texans can save a ton of cap room by cutting Osweiler in 2018, it’s actually $6 million cheaper to keep him on the roster in 2017.

Houston believed in the talent of the Denver Broncos’ former second-round pick, and may consider spending another offseason trying to get the most out of it. Or at the very least keeping Osweiler as a backup for a new starter.

There was Emmanuel Mudiay’s last minute decision to renege on his college commitment and play professionally in China. There was the program-shaking academic scandal tied to former guard Keith Frazier that led to a harsh one-year postseason ban. Finally, there was the swift retirement of Brown last summer just when it seemed like the team was finally out of the dark.

Brown wasn’t SMU’s only loss. It also had to replace star point guard Nic Moore and its two best big men in Markus Kennedy and Jordan Tolbert. There was no guarantee this team would pick up where last year’s left off, when the Mustangs rode the longest undefeated start in the country to a 25-5 season. That team never got to prove how good it was in the NCAA Tournament because of the postseason ban. This group is showing it’s ready to make up for lost time with its most complete team yet.

As the calendar inches closer to March, SMU is proving it has come full circle as a contender.