ESPN: Raiders trade draft pick for Schaub


The Raiders have found their quarterback, reaching an agreement Friday to acquire Houston’s Matt Schaub for a late-round draft pick, according to an ESPN report.

The Raiders have not confirmed a trade.

Schaub, 32, is a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback who struggled for the Texans last season, losing his job to Case Keenum. Houston, which signed free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Thursday, had no intention of retaining Schaub, who carries a $10 million salary in 2014.

Last season for the Texans, Schaub had 10 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. He has. He has 130 touchdown passes and 84 interceptions for his career, which includes four seasons of passing for more than 4,000 yards.

General manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen were on record as saying following the season that the Raiders quarterback of the future wasn’t necessarily on the 2013 roster.

Schaub was the veteran quarterback targeted by McKenzie and Allen in a dwindling market that included Philadelphia’s Michael Vick and Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets.

Current quarterbacks on the roster include Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards. Pryor will now likely become trade bait to restore the late-round pick lost on Schaub.The Raiders are also expected to add a quarterback in the draft, with Allen going to the pro day workouts of Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Fresno State’s Derek Carr.

McKenzie was at the pro day of San Jose State’s David Fales Wednesday, saying at the time he had a “pretty good idea’’ who the Raiders starting quarterback would be in the 2014 season opener.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Snoozebum

    Is Reggie going from signing players with broken bodies to players with broken brains? Stay tuned.

  • Nwr8r

    new post

  • the swanky socialite dr robert

    Jesus has other things on His mind. Like trying to reach certain blog heathens with his love.

  • _Mista_

    Watkins at #5 or trade down.
    QB in 2nd.
    DT or S in 3rd.
    Trade SeaPerch for a pick.
    Trade D Moore for a pick.
    4th round best on board.
    5th round best on board.

  • FourMoreYears

    Well thought out response. Excellent discourse.

  • marks hair

    7th rd pick for a qb who statistically is probably the second best rated quarterback ever to wear the silver and black..

  • 0ak R8rs

    Well Rivers went from a -4.5 in 2012 to +29 in 2013 and the playoffs. I’ll take that kinda ugly all day.

  • DJ Johnny

    Gannon better statistically?
    I’d guess career wise Schaub is the best.

  • BossKnows01

    Check out his playoff statistics….I was at the game where he made Huff famous for a week, those numbers are a mirage.

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t think so. There’s a reason Reggie and the whole staff went to these pro days when Reggie knew he was gonna get Schaub.

  • Rick Worth
  • Rick Worth

    That better dog?

  • Twinkle

    As a licenced ‘Reggie Apologist’ in here I reckon it’s been beyond solid (on paper anyways but my crystal ball is in the repair shop so I will wait with my predictions til next Christmas when the repairs are due to be completed.)

  • Twinkle

    Watkins looks like the temporary leader for the 5th race, in here, don’t he ? but if Jadeveon is there and we take Watkins it will put Reg squarely on top of my sh*t list.

  • Umrao32

    Very nice article and explanations are promising.

  • Twinkle

    Don’t think it matters unless the fine for not spending your 89% of the cap is $5 bucks lol

  • Twinkle

    Yes we did because that’s what is written on his contract.If you mean that by trading for him in the first place.?……
    well to me anyway there was not much of a choice.McGloin would have been a ballsy gamble by Reg as would have been any other FA than Vick.He would have been a Russian Roulette type gamble and any draft pick would have been the same only with five rounds loaded instead of one.

  • Twinkle

    You got that right but for now (on paper) I’m not feeling as suicidal til I look at the schedule that is.

  • ComptonRaider

    Good Move.

  • Twinkle

    The sob can hand the rock off without dropping it or getting stepped on by Wiz can’t he? We can fix his pick 6 love affair that way no?

  • mikeschoice

    schaub deal not that bad. we pay 10 mill this year but can drop him with no cap next year or keep. If he hit market then youre looking at negotiating long term deal

  • Twinkle

    The two don’t correlate.You know what you are getting in FA mostly but you’ve no clue whatsoever to what your getting in the draft.

  • Twinkle

    So did Jamarcus. Maybe that’s why.

  • Twinkle

    If he can hand it off without dropping it or getting in the way he’ll be fine.

  • Twinkle

    By mid season we’ll all be in no doubt as to which off both of the ugly bastards we hate the most

  • Twinkle

    The talent comparison at the end of your post was what I was referring to.Even with my socks on I can do 1+2 < 6.

  • ghost to the post

    Schaub is our starter and wether or not I like it. It doesn’t matter. I will be rooting my a$$ off for him to be great. Go raiders

  • Twinkle

    He would know for sure. lol

  • Jano

    I like the deal. Now at least we don’t have to hear everyone saying the Raiders don’t have the QB situation figured out. They will have to find something else wrong with our team.

  • Twinkle

    Little harsh on McGloin methinks.One year in hell does not a fully experienced QB make……..
    ………looks up to actually discover to whom he’s replying to…………
    why bother hatred is hatred wtf is wrong with me?

  • Twinkle

    They already have.The press comes prepared for every contingency concerning us and re aim the public persona they have created for us at the next object of derision.

  • Murr88

    No way they take Watkins at #5, WR class is too deep and so is our WR bench. Defense at # 5 – some one to learn from Woodley and Tuck and peak along the same curve as Hayden – Barr or Gilbert.

  • Return

    Not even close. Career wise Palmer is a loser, Shaub is a winner. Shaub had a bad year as in one. Palmer has had maybe 2 good years out of 10. Palmer is a career habitual turnover machine. Shaub is an infrequent perhaps outlier turnover machine. Shaub having been better than Palmer is not even debatable. He has been far and away the superior qb. The only question now is do we get pre 2013 Shaub or 2013 Shaub.

  • Return

    No pink elephant. It’s as clear as day. Reggie lies and makes it up as he goes along year to year. All this talk about reconstruction and deconstruction and rebuilding and reloading and competing and continuity is just standard BS and sloganeering.

    Apart from Saffold he’s made some pretty solid moves. Let’s just be grateful for that.

  • Return

    There again is the frustration. ….then next year…

    Just think where we might be if RM had be if RM had blown up the team and started from scratch like he essentially done this year?

  • TrevJo

    In this particular FA QB market, the fact that we know what we’re getting is precisely the problem. 😉

  • Paul Duran-Lowe

    Worst trade since Palmer trade. Trading for a player that was about to get cut an idiotic move by RM/DA. This move just printed up RM’s pink slip by end of the season. He can’t stay away from QB’s named Matt. Leinart, Flynn, McGloin, now Shaub. Sadly Pryor was better than all of them last season. But can’t get his fair shake from this team. SMFH

  • Paul Duran-Lowe

    he better restructure to a non guaranteed deal for next year. His cap number is to high for horrendous play last season. plus to many holes left to fill… need CB depth, starting DT’s, KR/PR, draft picks. Back up RB, LB depth. work to be done yet.

  • exactly. and the funny thing is, that even if he’s not worth 10 mil, we HAVE to fill up our salary cap. last i heard we needed to spend like 30 mil more to mee the minimum and with rookie salary budgeting how it is, that won’t be easy. i wouldn’t be surprised if his high salary actually made him more appealing to reggie than the others…

  • kuhlest

    well actually it wasn’t all that dumb….if he got cut he wouldn’t have ended up here for 10 million a yr….
    he would have gone to any other team with more to offer unless RM gave him 12-15 million per year…soooo not all that bad, now we have 2-3 years to find/develop a franchise QB

  • kuhlest

    this is a deep WR class BUT, Watkins is in a class by himself, and we could still spend the next 3 picks on defense and be fine…

  • Paul Duran-Lowe

    Vick, Cassell, McCown, all singed for way less with their respective teams than the contract we are paying Shaub. So sorry your point has no merrit. Now if you had said he might of chose another team, I’d give you your point. But Houston was desperate to unload the contract. Had just singed Fitzgerald an upgrade on Shaub for way less. So why overpay for a bridge type QB who isn’t going to win you the division or make playoffs anyway? If you know you’re already going into a loosing situation. Why not show your boss your better at making sound football descions rather than making a desperate plee to save your job. Cause that’s what this is, nothing more