Matt Schaub to Oakland Raiders rumors led to a trade on Friday (March 21). The Matt Schaub trade to the Raiders nets a late-round pick for the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft. According to a report from CBS Sports, he is slated to earn $10 million in base salary for the upcoming season. He will also cause a cap hit of $14.5 million against the team, making him a really expensive acquisition. The team has the room under the cap to do it, though, and it will allow them to focus on selecting another position in the first round of the 2014 draft.
This transaction was predictable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night (March 20). What the deal also predicts is that the need to select a quarterback in the first round has shifted for both franchises. With only one team now zeroing in on a new guy behind center, that will impact how other teams approach those first 10 selections when the big day comes. The real trivia question will become which one the Texans target with that No. 1 overall selection. It has been rumored that Blake Bortles of Central Florida is at the top of the list for now.
This Matt Schaub to Oakland Raiders deal makes sense based on what was available for the team as it tries to get competitive again in the AFC West. During seven seasons with the Houston Texans, he passed for more than 4,000 yards three times and made the Pro Bowl two times. He comes into the next season at 32 years old and certainly wants to prove that he belongs in the first few tiers of quarterbacks in the NFL. Getting the team out of last place is going to be a challenge, though, as the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Kansas City Chiefs all made the playoffs last year.
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