Matt Schaub Traded From Texans To RaidersBy: Tobias Roth - March 23, 2014
The Raiders have struggled greatly over the past several seasons, and as a result, they are in dire need of a new quarterback. Matt Schaub has been traded to the Raiders in exchange for a 6th-round pick, but who benefits from the trade is also in question.
The Texans and Raiders are both in serious need of a quarterback, and Matt Schaub, while once a franchise quarterback for the Texans, struggled greatly in the 2013 season. Whether he will be able to help the Raiders is uncertain, but perhaps a new environment will be all that he needs to succeed.
The Oakland Raiders have consistently been one of the worst teams in the league, and are coming off of their second four win season in a row. They tried out both Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin throughout the 2013 season, and while Pryor had a bit of success at first, neither quarterback could give the team success on the season.
Matt Schaub got off to one of the worst starts of any quarterback in 2013, after setting an NFL record for the worst kind of interceptions, and threw a pick-six in four games in a row. However, Schaub did have great success with the Texans up until last year, and led the Texans to AFC South Division titles in 2011, and 2012.
Before the awful season for the Houston Texans could come to a close, they decided to fire their coach, Gary Kubiak. He has since been hired as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, a team that struggled to score last season.
Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, was forced off of the Texans roster after the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Thursday.
Matt Schaub is looking for a fresh start, and believes that he can have success with the Raiders. Speaking on the change, he said “Last year did not go as I had planned, given my prior nine years before that. I’m looking for a fresh start, I’m excited for the opportunity here.”
Coach Dennis Allen also said that the quarterback position is the most important, and feels that Schaub has what it takes to lead his team, which has struggled in every aspect of the game in recent years. Despite his performance last year, he is a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, and has passed for over 4,000 yards in three different seasons.
Acquiring a player like Matt Schaub in a trade allows the Raiders to think about other positions in the draft, and with the No.5 overall pick, their options are wide open. Who should they pick?
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