Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders Deal for Quarterback Matt Schaub


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.

Tags: Case Keenum Houston Texans Matt Schaub Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie

  • Angel Becerra

    Pat yourself on the back, Reggie. You did good. The best moves that the Raiders have done in several years even though it was a rocky start with Saffold.

  • Berto Orozco

    I like the signing, altho I’m sure they won’t pay em 10 mil to ride the pine. ..but that’s what we thought bout Matt Flynn .

  • KloverJane

    Honestly I don’t know what to believe here. If he’s the starter, I guess I’m supposed to rally behind him. The dynamic of throwing the ball accurately is beyond me. I personally was a receiver. Not relevant. But to say (figuratively speaking) that all our quarterbacks, even Trent, are second rate bananas is an insult. They’ve been successful at their game because of those those who caught their passes. Relevant.
    Matt Schaub isnt even in the building and NFL Network has him ranked 20th. Their words. Bleacher Report says he’s got a weak arm. And long streaks of interceptions. Well I’m being chided at work about it already and all i got in response is that he looks constipated. Seriously, Matt take a poop and crack a smile for once. I’ll reserve my judgements if he starts week one. Go Raiders. The Autumn wind strikes again.

  • Gregg Brennan

    He better be renegotiating his contract and taking less guaranteed money otherwise this is a dumb move. Giving up a pick, even if it is a sixth or seventh rounder, for a QB whose salary far outweighs his production at this point without getting him to renegotiate that salary to get it in line and waste a bunch of cap space when you’re still trying to get Jared Allen in, not to mention a rookie draft class, is not a wise move. Especially considering that there are similarly “talented” QB’s on the FA market in Mike Vick and Josh Freeman.

  • Julio Echeverria

    I agree that he needs to restructure his contract. What I don’t agree with is the “wasted cap space”. Remember, Reggie has to spend about 80% of the cap room this year. If he doesn’t, the money gets distibuted amongst the 32 teams. Even in the even that Schaub doesn’t take a cut, you can still sign Allen (highly doubtful) and the rest of the rookie class without coming close to the 80% threshold. Plus, he’s not the QB “of the future”. He’s going to be a transitional QB, kinda what we envisioned with Jason Cambell a few years ago. it also allows Reggie to focus on D in the draft. Do I agree with Schaub being the signal caller? Not really, but I get it. Worth even a late pick? No, but maybe he’s the next Plunkett for all we know. Tell you what though, I believe this team will be closer to 8-8 than 4-12.

  • Julio Echeverria

    I’ll pat him on the back once he signs a DT. I wouldn’t mind Sims, but we do need depth there. Even if Mcgee does turn out to be a stud, we need rotation. Imagine this, a DT lineup that includes McGee, Sims (if they re-sign him), Smith and let’s say Donald, or NixIII ro another top rookie DT. Ya, I’d pat him on the back then.

  • Kioshi Johnson

    But flynn really wasn’t a proven QB, schaub is

  • raga80

    He has to spend 89% of the Cap room.

  • Tony maez

    I agree and we also need depth at cb with the qbs in our division

  • John Camp

    so what you are saying is freeman and vick will play for free??

  • raider101

    RM LIKES TO GIVE AWAY MONEY TO SHITTY QBs, this will be his last year

  • Gus Gustoffson

    Bleacher report is absolute garbage brother

  • Gus Gustoffson

    Doubt it lol. Have some faith. He’s not a bad QB. He had a bad year last year but other than that, he’s been solid

  • Gus Gustoffson

    Have u heard that about Jared Allen? I haven’t but that would be nice pick up

  • KloverJane

    Why?

  • DanfromVegas

    I like this move so long as we don’t tie too much money. On paper, we have a relatively solid team. Will that be enough to compete for the AFC West title? Not sure, but I like the direction we’re moving in.

  • Luis Hernandez

    And we just lost Jenkins to TB. Both of our starters are gone from last year. Let’s see what RM had up his sleeve to solve that problem.

  • Luis Hernandez

    I think he’s signing with Seattle, so there’s probably not much hope in signing him anymore

  • James Schroeder

    Sorry dude but Schaubs upside far outweighs Vicks or Freemens. If Schaub was in free agency as opposed to being traded for he would’ve been the number one quarterback option in the whole market so this was definitely a good move for the Raiders giving up a late round pick is nothing compared to the quarterback went 12–4 and 2012 with 130 touchdowns in 24,000 passing yards in the 90% passer rating. There were in-house things going on in Houston last year in addition to his leg injury. He needs a fresh start and believe me he will out QB both quarterbacks on the current roster. As he was in line to be one of the elite quarterbacks in the league before last season. Schaub will do great things for us. Have faith

  • Mark Shafer

    Out of all four of the vets being considered Schaub is the best in my opinion. We don’t been another USC qb they just don’t do well. As fast as Freeman’s ability went to crap it’s to risky, ask the Vikings. Any body who did what Vick did to man’s best friend has problems besides staying healthy
    We need a vet to come in next year with the schedule as tough as it is a promising rookie might not survive.
    Now we will have a year or two to find and groom our future qb.

  • Luis Hernandez

    I would love to see McGloin beat out Shaub in training camp. He’s a fighter and that’s the kind of QB we need under center. He might not have the size, but he’s got the will to win. He’s accurate enough to compete for the starting job. We should’ve just waited to see who gets released before we started trading. Depending on what it costed us to aquire him, we’ll see if this was a smart choice. I didn’t think we were in the business of trading draft picks anymore, but I guess not. Let’s hope he’s not the turn over machine he was last year and goes back to his old playoff form. Hopefully change of scenery helps. Go raiders!

  • PrinceHall

    Texans fan here, Schuab does have a weak arm indeed…Look at deep balls he’s thrown to Andre Johnson or other receivers, they’ve had to slow down to catch the ball. He’s never overthrown a receiver on a deep route…NEVER!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Hey guys, as you have seen, Reggie has a plan, and he is executing it. QB (Check), LT (Check), RT (Check), DE’s that sack QB’s (Check), G (Check), WR (Check), DB (Check), S (Check), signing veterans to change the attitude in the locker room (Check). Now he will address DT and LB in the draft along with a hopeful QB to learn behind Schaub. Probably end up with a rookie DB and OL through the draft with some depth elsewhere. Building through the draft philosophy is going to be put in place.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I agree that Schaub had a fluke year, and he has a lot of gas in the tank. Great job by the Raiders to not let him go on the market. He wouldn’t have been there for us.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Vick, probably the Jets. Freeman?

  • KloverJane

    He’s mulling over the idea this weekend.

  • KloverJane

    This doesn’t narrow it down but NFL AM, one host in glasses, said the embattled QB is going to make Oakland relevant. And If we draft Sammy too, watch out…props finally. Lol I’d like us to go after De Sean first. I had him in my fantasy league. Which I won finally last season….just sayin.

  • David Jones

    Horrible, Horrible, Horrible, Trade. Echoes of the Matt Flynn disaster at hand; shall we start a pool as to when in mid season he will be let go. Trading for a 32 year old on his way down and tying up millions that could have been used to sign talent when the June 1 cut downs occur, is another reminder why the Raiders will never come back with RM around. He had 66 million in cap space and used it on declining vets, most if not all of whom, will be gone after next year. Even Vegas odds suggests that the Raiders will win no more than 5 games even after we account for the offseason activity this year. This move is the icing on the cake is an otherwise disaster offseason for the Raiders.

  • bk

    All I can do is laugh… why not wait and they would have released him? Why not wait and see when Snchez gets released if he can actually play outside of NY? LMAO
    at the Raiders…

  • Chris Schroeder

    Oh man, if we got Sammy Watkins, and DeShawn Jackson. I’ll be playing the song “move, get out the way, get out the way”.

  • KloverJane

    Lol. I know right. Then I’d have some ammo for debates again.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Does makeSammy Watkins at #5 intriguing thought, but I like Khalil Mack too. Or get one of the 2 stud DT’s available unless they re-sign Sims

  • KloverJane

    Well we did want a GM for years. Remember that billboard?

  • KloverJane

    It so hard to make a decision. I want touchdowns and sacks. Who matters?

  • James Schroeder

    Decisions… Deceisions. I’d say, aside from the couple of quarterback mistakes McKenzie made last year he’s doing a pretty good job. I wasn’t too sold on the risk they took with DJ Hayden in the first round. Could’ve done better there so hopefully they’ll learn from it. Don’t get me wrong I like DJ Hayden even though he was a risk and ended up injured, I think he has the potential to be a great NFL corner. I just honestly saw a top linemen and was completely shocked. I don’t want to be surprised or shocked again. I would kind a like to know what the Raiders are thinking and how they are going to play this. Like I said in your other article though I would like to see them trade down and grab Carr if he’s still available. He could sit behind Schaub for a year or two and develop into a franchise player for us. just love that they have options now and don’t have to take any set position player as the number one pick. Reggie will do right by us, and now it will be up to Dennis Allen to prove that he is a worthy head coach in this league. There will be no more excuses once the pieces are in place.

  • Gus Gustoffson

    LMAO…at u for even suggesting Sanchez.

  • Mark Shafer

    I think it’s 80% he has to spend. If Jhelum doesn’t spend the money the unspent portion will get redistributed in the nfl next year

  • Mark Shafer

    Wait a minute the nfl network said something positive about the Raiders.
    Are you sure it wasn’t Seatle, Denver, Baltomore…….

  • KloverJane

    Justifying their inflated budgets. Who knew…

  • John Camp

    who said they are going after allen….and schaub has numbers much better than vick or freeman

  • John Camp

    yep excellent points!!!!

  • Gregg Brennan

    Where else would he have gone? Cleveland? The J-E-T-S? Possibly, but Oakland would have had a fair shot to get him as a FA. Actually the more I think about this move at least it saved us from getting Butt Fumble outta New York. Or drafting Johnny “I’m gonna be a bust in pro” Football.

  • jbelson

    If they waited for him to be released, there would have been more competition for Shoub and a new contract with gaurenteed money that would be stretched into the next season. Sanchez has never been good either, servicable at best.

  • jbelson

    Thats small time thinking. What RM has done is build a new team with proven winners. How many superbowl rings are on the Raiders now? Plenty. That’s the kind of experience you build a team with. Shoubs cap hit is favorable as he helps bring the team to the minimum spending level. One bad season does not mean disaster either. If he sucks, he’s gone without any further dead money and he provided time for a QB to be groomed a bit more (McGloin or a draft pic this year). If he returns to form because he’s not stuck in the dysfunctional Texans system, he becomes a great bargain. And this was the only way he was sure to be a Raider. RM has his work cut out for him getting players to come to Oakland. Many don’t want to. Next year could prove to be a much different story.

  • Luis Hernandez

    In Freeman’s defense, they threw him into that game without even knowing the full playbook. Hardly no practice either. One bad year before that and suddenly he’s no good? I’d say he’s got more upside, seeing as he is much younger and still has starting experience. I bet a change of scenery with a better chance to learn the playbook, he would go back to playing good.

  • David Jones

    The key word is proven. These same players are now cast aside by their original teams which means they are ready for the Raiders. There were many, many proven winners whose futures are on the upswing and the Raiders did not sign any of them. In game 4 or 5 of the upcoming season, Schaub will throw 5 or 6 interceptions and be cut. We will then listen to DA say we need to give one of the younger players experience for the rest of the season. And, this nonsense of Raiders not wanting to come to the Raiders. SHOW ME THE MONEY and they will come. You pay for mediocrity and you get mediocrity.

  • Bob

    Matt Schaub is never going to win a Superbowl. Just a stopgap measure.

  • Mark Shafer

    I agree with you about him being throw in and having a big upside. He also has the potential of a big downside.
    The thing is with Schaub we don’t take as much as a risk with how he plays. If he plays badly we cut him loose and only pay pennies.
    Next year we play NFC and AFC West the two toughest divisions in the NFL. Who ever plays qb it’s not going to be easy.