The Oakland Raiders don’t currently have a long-term answer at quarterback on their roster. While they’re fully expected to look for a franchise passer in the 2014 NFL Draft, there’s still the possibility they could look for their guy in free agency or via trade. According to the National Football Post, that guy could be Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
Schaub drowned in a sea of pick-sixes and losses in 2013, but he was far from the only thing that went wrong for a 2-14 Texans team this past season. He seemed to regress in the pocket and had less drive on his passes, but it’s certainly possible the 32-year old could benefit from a change of scenery.
Should the Raiders be right about Schaub still being a guy who can start and lead a team effectively, they could focus on adding talent around him in the draft. That could mean bringing in a guy like Sammy Watkins to improve the passing game via the draft, or making other splashes in free agency.
It’s hard to buy into Schaub as the answer for anyone right now, but prior to 2013, Schaub was a reliable starter who put up sound numbers. It’s entirely possible he just had a bad year and needs to go elsewhere to revive his career. It’s just not the safest move for an Oakland regime that may need to make a playoff push to stay on beyond next season.
Michael Vick is another realistic option for Oakland, while the Raiders are expected to consider selecting a quarterback early in the draft, regardless of what they do in free agency.
With Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin registering as failed experiments, it’s quite clear that one way or another Oakland is starting over under center in 2014. How exactly they go about that is the real question.