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With the March 8 beginning of the official tampering period for NFL teams to open discussions with the agents of potential free agents, the Oakland Raiders are finding themselves attached to a player who is still technically under contract as the March 11 start to open free agency begins.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Raiders are among the teams that would be interested in acquiring veteran quarterback Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans should he be released by the Houston Texans after being benched for unheralded quarterback Case Keenum during a nightmare of a 2013 season.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2014
It comes as no surprise that the Raiders are interested in Schaub’s services and league sources are tying the two together if he is released by the Texans. Oakland really want a “stopgap” veteran quarterback and with Josh Freeman and Michael Vick available as UFA’s they still might feel a Matt Schaub who has a fresh start might be the best option. After all Schaub was successful in Houston before his world collapsed and his well documented interception issues came out of nowhere. There is a dearth of quality options out there for free agent passers, but expect the Raiders to get attached to all of them at one point as the insiders of the world can make a pretty easy rumor out of the Raiders desires to get one of the retread quarterbacks out there. Who knows, Schaub may have something left but for now he is fodder for the rumor mill as he is one of few available quarterbacks who have a resume worthy of discussion.