Quarterback Matt Schaub was released by the Raiders Monday, the club announced on Twitter.
Having signed quarterback Christian Ponder to go along with starter Derek Carr and Matt McGloin, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Saturday night they likely remove a quarterback from the roster soon.
With Schaub scheduled to make $5.5 million this season, it was an easy decision. McKenzie’s stated goal at the scouting combine was to try and get something for Schaub in a trade, but once Ponder was added to the roster, other teams realized Schaub would be available for nothing soon enough.
Schaub arrived in a trade from the Texans last offseason as the presumptive starter after the Raiders had struggled the previous season with Terrelle Pryor, Matt Flynn and McGloin.
The veteran quarterback wasn’t sharp in early preseason games, but performed well enough during training camp and looked on schedule to be the starter when the Raiders practiced for two days against the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard.
Schaub, came up with a sore elbow and Carr was electric in the preseason finale, completing 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-31 win by the Raiders.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen decided to turn the team over to Carr to start the season. Carr ended up starting all 16 games and Schaub threw just 10 passes, completing five for 57 yards. He was sacked three times and threw a pair of interceptions, including one on a trick play out of field goal formation against the Miami Dolphins in London.