Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) celebrates throwing the winning touchdown during overtime against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders Officially Made Matt Schaub Their Quarterback

Sep 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) celebrates throwing the winning touchdown during overtime against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 30-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Well Raider Nation, its official, Matt Schaub is the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders.  I saw a lot more praise for the move than criticism, but I think Raider Nation understands that we needed a quarterback that can help us to compete within our division.  There were other options out there, but GM Reggie McKenzie got his guy.  Now that the shock factor is slowly setting in, lets take a look at some figures.

Actually, it was suggested by my brother-from-another-mother that the Raiders should have waited for Schaub to go on the open market before scooping him up.  I saw some Twitter feedback that suggested the same thought process.  I wondered that myself, but I was quickly reminded of a quarterbacks salary by Gil Brandt on Late Hits (NFL Radio, Sirius-XM 88).  He stated that the league average for a starting quarterback is a little more than $12,000,000.  The Raiders are paying $10,000,000 for Schaub.  Some would say that is a steep price for a quarterback who had a floundering year in 2013.  Yet, if you look at the salary numbers as a whole and compare them to Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, or Jay Cutler, you’ll find that the Raiders got Schaub at a very good price.

Here are some numbers for you; Philip Rivers is slotted to make $13,800,000, Ben Roethlisberger will make $12,100,000, and Jay Cutler will make $22,500,000.  When Schaub was throwing over 3,000 yards per season from 2009-2012, one could honestly say that he matched up comparatively with these three quarterbacks.  Still, the Raiders only have to pay $10,000,000 and the Houston Texans still have to pay ALL of his guaranteed money ($17,500,000).  Basically the Texans will eat that money and take a huge cap hit in 2015.  The option to restructure or renegotiate his contract is always available.  Remember, this is Reggie “I horde the money” McKenzie we’re talking about.  It will all come down to performance in 2014.

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

Have no fear Raider Nation, I think this was one of the smarter moves in the off-season for the Raiders.  Now, this opens up the pick option in the 1st round for the Raiders.  Instead of thinking about grabbing a rookie quarterback with the 5th pick in the 1st round, the Raiders can focus their attention elsewhere.  Possibly a Defensive Tackle (Aaron Donald/Rashede Hageman/DaQuan Jones) or a Linebacker (Khalil Mack/Anthony Barr).  Either way, I like the position the Raiders have put themselves in.

This would also allow the Raiders to possibly utilize their 2nd round pick to obtain an additional 1st round pick by trading up.  Granted, it may cost the Raiders a 1st rounder in the 2015 NFL Draft, but if the player is worth it then go get it.  So many options and decisions to be made by the Raiders Staff.  The good thing is, this draft is stacked with depth at every position.

The Raiders have their starting quarterback in Matt Schaub now, and he has a plethora of receivers already on the Oakland roster.  Between James Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, Denarius Moore, and even Juron Criner, someone will emerge as his go-to guy.  Much like Andre Johnson was for Schaub in Houston.

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (81) celebrates after scoring on a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Texans 28-23. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

One of Schaub’s favorite outlet receivers in Houston was Owen Daniels.  Schaub will have Marcel Reece and Mychal Rivera as his outlets now, and this should make for some exciting games.  The more I think about this acquisition, the more I like it.  Schaub will make the receivers in Oakland better, and that is something Raider Nation has been waiting to see since Tim Brown was on the field.  Can’t wait for August and September to get here.  I’ll do my best to wait it out, but I am really looking forward to this year.  This will be the turn around year.  Yes, mark my words, the Raiders will turn it around this year.

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  • KloverJane

    I like your thought process. And they definitely need to get Marcel more involved. Even Olson said that, then he kind of didn’t listen to his own words. Whatever. This could be the autumn wind we needed in our sails. Raider up!

  • Don

    Not a believer in Vick but he’s getting paid 5mil

  • DanfromVegas

    Shane, you’re a down ass Raiders fan, and I like that you look at the upside, Good analysis.

  • 757Raiderfan

    I keep seeing articles bashing this guy just because of one season. I understand he had it rough last year but I’ve always liked Matt Schaub. I think with a good o-line blocking up front we definitely have the guys to get open. Hoping for the best for Schaub and the Raiders.

  • F3st3r

    So, we can’t pay Veldeer or Houston, because pay reflects play. But we can bring Schaub in and pay him 10 mil a year after the season he had last year. Don’t get it.

  • RaiderHawkeye

    Take off the rose colored glasses. Schaub sucks. We won’t develop a real future at QB because of his acquisition. Paying 11 million for someone the former team could not wait to get out of town. Priceless.

  • Bob

    Aaron Brooks comes to mind.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I’m so tired of hearing all the negativity, there’s a huge upside to this deal that a lot of Raider Nation isn’t considering. Trust me, Schaub will do his job and teach the younger QB’s how to prepare for a game. Even if Schaub doesn’t work out, we can release him on the cheap and let one of our younger QB’s (Rookie?/McGloin/Pryor) step in and take over. Ultimately, Schaub was brought in here to be the mentor and bandaid until the face of the future comes to fruition.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Definitely get Reece involved!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    First off, Aaron Brooks had nothing on Schaub. No rose colored glasses here. The fact that we brought Schaub in was for positive influence on Pryor or McGloin or the rookie we will draft this year. Schaub gives the Raiders the advantage to compete in the AFC West, and he has the tools around him to do so. There are no excuses for Schaub from here on out, but last year was a fluke year riddled with bad happenings for Schaub. The Houston Texans hired new coaching staff and they want their own guy at QB. 10 million plus 1 million bonus is very cheap for a starting QB. This guy is not Matt Flynn. Flynn wasn’t a proven starter, just a good backup who got lucky with a couple contracts. Yes, even I thought that he might play up to the potential of a starter, but it didn’t happen. Schaub is proven, and he can continue to help this organization. I’m not wrong on this one Bob. Don’t believe me, ask Gil Brandt.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    And now the Raiders have a good O-Line.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    The culture and face of the Raiders is changing. Players like Houston and Veldheer, who didn’t want to stay in Oakland I might add, are going to find new places to play. The fact is this, Veldheer and Houston were good players on a bad team. Neither player wanted to stay with the Raiders for what was on the table. There were contracts offered to them, but both decided to leave. The Raiders tried to pay for them, but they took contracts elsewhere.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Vick would have brought fans to the stadium, but he probably would’ve got hurt and not been there anyway. Then where would the Raiders be left? In the same situation as last year. It’s time to put a proven NFL QB under center who can lead the team and help to develop other QB’s. That guy is Schaub. Best option in free agency at QB is Schaub, period.

  • RaiderHawkeye

    Schaub is now the highest paid Raider by a mile. I am sorry but I do not call that progress. I call it regression. We have so much money to burn that we should just burn it foolishly now? The team that has had the closest view of Matt Schaub over the last five years were celebrating his exit from Houston to the point they were going to cut him if either us or the Browns didn’t take the bait. We are now competing with the Browns for dumbest moves in the NFL and people wonder why we get bagged on constantly in the media. The Raiders get some unfair coverage sure, but we also command a fair share with decisions like this. Draft a damn QB. DA and RM are so incompetent at judging QBs that they are afraid to pull the trigger and I am supposed to feel good about Matt Schaub. That is not the leadership we need and neither is Matt Schaub. I think DA and RM wrote their own pink slips here. This move was a well thought out gamble to save their butts and nothing more. It’s short term thinking and they have nothing to lose as they are likely looking at the door end of next season. This is a setback for the Raiders. It virtually assures no young QB will get playing time next year. I predict DA is gone along with Schaub and we spend another year not progressing a young QB. Rinse, lather and repeat. Seen this story before. RM may survive by throwing the other two under the bus though I could easily see him chased out of town as well when Schaub goes up in flames. I am not hitching the Raider revival to Matt Schaub and I am certainly not celebrating this move. Listen (e.g. DA), I have never been more certain that DA needs to leave town. Only time will tell but somebody within our own circles has to offer a perspective other than how great we are going to be next year with Schaub. People are talking about the Super Bowl. LOL. C’mon man! We just took the QB from the worst team in the NFL last year, paid him 11 million dollars, traded away a pick and named him the starter before even heading into the draft. Terrible, terrible, and terrible. 11 million for a stop gap game manager. No thank you. I would rather get a young QB some reps.

  • RaiderHawkeye

    Only the Browns and us would make a move like this. Let’s get a real head coach before these guys put us back in the poor house.

  • Bob

    I hope Watkins fall to the Raiders at number 5. Otherwise, the Raiders don’t seem to have as good of a run game or passing attack as the Texans. Remember, the Raiders have to Play Peyton, the Chiefs, and the Chargers twice. I think the Chieifs will come down to earth this year.

    Why I mention Brooks, is that I KNEW it was a bad move and bought season tickets anyway. So, I have been there, done that.

  • Bob

    Here is Reggie’s Draft Record. He was saddled with the lost picks for Palmer and Curry. The one pick I will never, never, never forgive Reggis is the lost number four pick for Tyler Wilson when the Raiders had needs everyone on the team. Shane could have drafted better players.


  • Pridenpoise

    They lowballed Veldheer, don’t listen to this guys BS, he’s just repeating what some other retread has been spouting.

  • F3st3r

    Not trying to spout b.s. First off, I agree that Schaub had one bad year (not entirely his fault) and that it may have been a fluke. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad trade. However, I think the Raiders would be a better team if they would have made more of an effort to keep guys like Veldheer (yes, his brother was being a little bitch), Houston, and most certainly Jennings. I understand it’s a business and every coach/gm wants their own guys. But to cut guys like Jennings loose without making much of an effort to keep him does not make sense to me. I really hope that Reggie has made the right decisions regarding all of these guys.

  • Pridenpoise

    Dude I was talking about the author of the piece not you. I actually agree with you, on some points anyway.

  • Angel

    I was one to definitely insult Reggie and Schaub. For some reason, I feel like this is a good move. Everybody, stop complaining until after the draft, after the OTA’s, after pre season…. And!! After a at least one regular season game. We are the fkin Raiders…. All of a sudden we have an excuse to lose??? F- that! Cheer your damn team up. And for all we know Schaub’s bad year could’ve possibly been Kubiak’s fault or some other lack of discipline/management. We are not followers of the Texans. We shouldn’t care. . And, Texans could have 5 first round picks this year and I’ll STILL put my money on the Raiders…. You know why?? Cause FK the Texans and all other 30 teams. GO Raiders!!!!

  • Thomas Murphy

    Texans fan here, some fault does fall on Schaub. BUT A BUTTLOAD of it falls on Kubiak! He never changed his offensive calls and the offense became too repetitive. Defenses were just waiting for this to happen or that to happen. Good luck to Schaub on his new team. Gave us great years until the past one, and like I said a HUGE AMOUNT OF BLAME could be put on Kubiak!