Matt Schaub Continuing Career, Signing New Deal This Week


Nov 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) hikes the football during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated Oakland 52-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

After getting cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this March, veteran quarterback Matt Schaub’s run as a highly paid arm in the NFL came to an end, but his NFL career will continue this upcoming season as reports have surfaced that Schaub will be signing a deal within the week to a likely backup role within the league.

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Schaub lost his starting job in both Houston and Oakland in the last two seasons, losing the Raiders job in the preseason to Derek Carr after being traded by the Texans in the 2014 offseason. Arm issues as well as being past his prime causing the quarterback to slide into a reduced role as a placeholder and garbage time backup for the Raiders in 2014 where he failed to start a single game despite getting paid handsomely as a well noted mentor to Carr while holding kicks successfully for Sebastian Janikowski.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday morning that Schaub will be looking to continue that sort of role in 2015 by signing with a team as he still has interest around the league as a veteran presence in the QB room despite being beyond his days as a starting talent. The Jets, Ravens and Falcons three teams reported by Schefter to have interest in Schaub’s services.

The most interesting of the three teams interested in Schaub are the New York Jets, who seem to be stockpiling veteran quarterbacks after already locking down Ryan Fitzpatrick earlier this offseason. Fitzpatrick replaced Schaub as the starter in Houston this past season, so a training camp of Schaub, Fitzpatrick and the young Geno Smith would be an interesting trio to say the least in New York.

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Atlanta’s interest in Schaub is also another intriguing storyline as the quarterback could return to where he got his start in the league, backing up Michael Vick with the Falcons before reaching the peaks of his career with the Texans. Matt Ryan is firmly the starter in Georgia, but an emergency veteran role for Schaub with his former team could be a good fit if he decides to become a Falcon for the second time in his career.

Wherever Schaub signs it is unlikely he will get many, if any, looks at the starting job after 2013 and 2014 proved that he likely will never be the player he once was with the Texans. Never a superstar, Schaub is now going to be living the life of many former serviceable starters who get final paydays from teams to hold a clipboard and provide encouragement from the sidelines while being able to come in if all goes wrong. Don’t expect Schaub to have a comeback story anytime soon, but a few more seasons of a backup role would be much deserved for a player who has knowledge to offer and can also provide special teams help as a placeholder even if he is nearing retirement in the coming years.