With the bolstering of the offensive line came the notion that the Oakland Raiders would be looking for a veteran quarterback to lead the team into the 2014 season. Speculation and rumors swirled around Matt Schaub, Michael Vick, Josh Freeman, and Mark Sanchez as potential candidates for the Oakland job. Early Friday morning, March 21st, the Oakland Raiders struck a deal with the Houston Texans to acquire Matt Schaub.
Schaub has had decent success in the NFL since being acquired by the Houston Texans in 2007. His career stats for the last 10 years include, an 89.8% passer rating, 24,354 yards passing, 130 touchdowns, and 84 interceptions. Unfortunately, Schaub had a lackluster season in 2013, and he was replaced by up and comer Case Keenum. The writing was on the wall for Schaub, and his time in Houston is done.
Now he will begin a new era in Oakland for the Raiders. The Raiders are sending a late round draft pick to the Houston Texans for the 32-year old Schaub. Schaub is set to make an estimated base salary of $10 million in 2014 with a roster bonus of approximately $1 million.
NFL Analyst Albert Breer and Ian Rappaport both reporting via Twitter that Schaub is on a flight headed to Oakland as of right now, 7 AM PST. The deal will be closed sometime today. Reggie McKenzie has had a busy free agency week, and he is rounding out his 2014 team with a veteran QB.
With the offensive line being beefed up, it was only natural that the Oakland Raiders were leaning toward finding a veteran to come into Oakland and compete with whoever they draft at QB in 2014, and Schaub will also compete against Pryor and McGloin. Matt Schaub is a Oakland Raider.