Matt Schaub Traded To The Raiders
By Allen Kim
The Matt Schaub era has finally come to an end in Houston. The Texans traded Schaub to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, as reported by NFL insider Adam Schefter.
If there was ever a clearer sign that the Houston Texans would be selecting a quarterback with their No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, this is it. The Texans could opt to take Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles of Johnny Manziel with the No. 1 overall pick, and it’s hard to imagine them selecting anyone else at this stage. They may have signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, but he was likely brought in as insurance instead of as a full-time starter.
Selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Schaub sat behind Michael Vick before being traded to the Houston Texans in 2007, where he has been their starter up until last year’s disastrous 2-14 season. Schaub was benched in favor of Case Keenum midseason, and he turned in one of his worst seasons as a pro. He threw for 2,310 yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
The move is a baffling decision for the Raiders, but it should be considered a huge win for the Texans. Schaub is due $10 million in base salary for 2014, and he’s also due $1 million per game in roster bonuses. This all but assures that Schaub will begin the 2014 season as their starting quarterback, even if they do decide to take a quarterback with their No. 5 pick. By trading for Schaub, the Raiders made it clear that they do not have much faith in Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.
Schaub may still have something left in the tank, but it’s hard to imagine him having much success when you factor in the team’s clear lack of playmakers and poor offensive line.