Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) drops back to pass against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Rams won 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Matt Schaub Restructures Contract


Well Raiders fans, Matt Schaub won’t be making a base salary of $10 million anymore, because he and GM Reggie McKenzie restructured his contract.  According to NFL Analyst Adam Schefter, the deal will lower Schaub’s base salary, and it will be more incentive based.

This is great news for the Raiders.  They got Schaub on the cheap by only exchanging a 6th round draft pick.  Then, instead of paying the base salary of $10 million, Schaub will likely receive somewhere around $6.5-$7.5 million in base salary.  There is performance and roster incentives in place to allow Schaub to make $15-$20 million over the next two seasons, but that will all be on him.  No performance, no cash.

It is a very good deal for the Raiders.  This restructured deal freed up more cap room, and it will help the Raiders moving forward into the 2014 NFL Draft.  It also shows how much Schaub is willing to give up to help out this organization.  Plus, if he performs well, Schaub could stand to make considerably more dough.

With wide receivers like James Jones, Rod Streater, Brice Butler, Andre Holmes, and a healthy Denarius Moore, Schaub has the weapons to perform.  Not only that, but the offensive line is in place to allow him the time to go through his progressions and make the right throws.

That, my friends, is just the tip of the iceberg.  I haven’t even begun to get into the benefits to having FB Marcel Reece, TE Mychal Rivera, RB Darren McFadden (when healthy), or some of the others that will be at Schaub’s disposal.

This is a win-win for both player (Schaub) and team (Raiders).  Now, Schaub and Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson need to sit down and start forming a plan of attack.  It’s time to unleash these weapons.  It’s time for the Raider Nation to see the Raiders battling in every game, offensively.  We, the fans, know they can do it.  So let’s see it get done.

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Tags: Andre Holmes Brice Butler Darren McFadden Denarius Moore Greg Olson James Jones Marcel Reece Matt Schaub Mychal Rivera Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie Rod Streater

  • Jose Espinosa

    I like what I see

  • KloverJane

    That looks like a team player.

  • gdubb

    We finally have something to look forward to

  • Shane Schilperoort

    No doubt, a team player is someone the Raiders haven’t had for a while. Nice to see he was willing to take a chance on himself.

  • Luis Hernandez

    This was a breath of fresh air when I read he was willing to restructure. It shows he’s a team player, but also shows the confidence he has in himself, seeing as how it’s incentive based. I wondered why the let go Palmer, but then traded for someone pretty much similar to his playing style. I also questioned why they would trust someone older as well, but then once I read these restructuring articles, I answered my own question. Dude is a big team player and knows that he’s capable of resurrecting his career. Palmer I did like, but it was apparent that he was not willing to be flexible with his salary, which obviously meant he didn’t want to be a raider anymore. I’ll definitely be buying Schaubs jersey in support of him being another piece of the puzzle we needed to compete in our division. I have faith in these offseason moves and look forward to the product that will hit the field this coming season! Raiders baby!! Lets do it!

  • Kenneth Adams

    Now we got players who want to prove themselves worthy of big money contracts by performing. That’s rare in this day and age. Way to go Schaub and DMac. We actually have players that are team first minded. It’s a great day for RaiderNation. #JusWinBaby

  • Stanley Carr

    All of dat money n all we can get is everybody else’s 30 year old garbage.. U don’t decline for 3 years in a row n then all of a sudden become good again, Schaub is garbage n we r fucked…been a fan for 41 years n I have never seen us this pitiful!!!!

  • Stanley Carr

    He had no choice, besides wasn’t nobody kicking d door down to sign his sorry azz!!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    We definitely need these players to be a team. It starts with the quarterback, and he is leading by example. That’s a good way to show the other players that he means business.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Actually, he could have refused to restructure. Yes, other teams would have signed Schaub, but the Raiders were smart enough to take him off the market before any other suitors could whisk him away.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It’s changing for the better. Don’t worry, it will get better.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    I like your thought process. Nice.

  • Stanley Carr

    Bro Schaub ain’t never been n never will b an elite qb, dude has been getting worse the last 3 years… What have u seen in this garbage that makes u think all of a sudden at 32 he’s gonna blossom into this great qb…we r fucked!!!

  • Ervin Barrentine

    Well said!