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Throughout this offseason, the Raiders will explore a variety of ways in which they can accomplish another of their most important tasks: upgrade the quarterback position.
While it is more than likely they will do so in the draft, and quite possibly at fifth overall, also signing a proven veteran would be in their best interest for at least the backup role.
With his current contract, coming off a down year, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is almost certain to be released, and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are one of several teams that will have interest in his services.
As much as Schaub and the entire Texans team surprisingly struggled in 2013, this would be a good signing for the Raiders. Schaub comes with plenty of experience, has proven he can lead an offense and can make all of the throws he needs to make.
Drafting a quarterback early on would ideally mean that player starts in his first year. But should the staff be more comfortable with a veteran at the position, Schaub could be the man for the job on a temporary basis.
Of course, this would all involve Schaub being released from the Texans. If and when that does happen, the Raiders’ salary cap situation could easily have them outbid other teams on a short-term deal that could prove to be quite valuable.