Updates from Friday, March 21
The Raiders made things official on Friday, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adding specifics:
Earlier in the day, ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported that a potential deal to send Schaub to Oakland was in the works. He also mentioned Cleveland as a possibility:
Oakland Raiders now are expected to trade a 2014 late-round pick to Houston Texans in exchange for QB Matt Schaub, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2014
Cleveland expressed some interest in Matt Schaub, who could have been reunited with Kyle Shanahan, but Oakland wanted Schaub even more.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2014
Albert Breer of NFL Network confirmed Schefter's report that the deal was close:
As @AdamSchefter said, the Raiders are close to a deal for Texans QB Matt Schaub. Trade would send a pick to Houston.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 21, 2014
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that the deal isn't done yet:
Texans are working on Schaub trade to Oakland but no agreement reached. Should be today.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 21, 2014
Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports provided a potential timetable for the deal to be completed:
The Schaub trade could be done today or might take a little while but those involved believe it's going down soon, as @AdamSchefter said.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 21, 2014
McClain later reported that Schaub was undergoing a physical in Oakland to complete the deal:
Matt Schaub is on his way to Oakland. He's got to pass a physical before the trade can be completed. He should be healthy.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 21, 2014
Breer also added some of the cap considerations in play:
Cap ramifications ... Oakland would carry $11M (base + roster bonuses) for Schaub in '14. Houston saves $4M, with $10.5M in dead $ in '14.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 21, 2014
Also, Matt Schaub's contract calls for $13.5 million in 2015 and $15.5 million in 2016.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 21, 2014
Updates from Monday, March 17
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted:
Meanwhile, Garret Heinrich of CBS Houston is reporting the Texans and Raiders are discussing a deal:
The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders have been in serious talks about a trade involving Matt Schaub heading to Oakland, a source has told SportsRadio 610.
SportsRadio 610 learned that the Texans are trying to make the deal and eventually want a quarterback that can step in an play right away in 2014, whether that is in the draft or in a trade.
Updates from Wednesday, March 12
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans aren't interested in pursuing newly released QBs Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell:
Before anyone asks, the Texans aren't interested in Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell. Texans are keeping Matt Schaub for a while.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 12, 2014
Matt Schaub is better than any QB who was or is on the market. He's not going anywhere anytime soon.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 12, 2014
Rapoport has an update on Schaub's future:
The Cleveland Browns are in the market for a new quarterback before the 2014 NFL season, be it via the No. 4 pick in the draft or a proven veteran.
Mary Kay Cabot of the The Plain Dealer reported that the answer may come in the form of Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans:
QB Matt Schaub is a "serious possibility'' for Cleveland Browns, would compete with Brian Hoyer, source says http://t.co/O95ePghlxL— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 11, 2014
The interesting twist in this possibility is that Schaub experienced his best seasons as a professional quarterback under Kyle Shanahan in Houston.
Shanahan is now the offensive coordinator in Cleveland, but in 2007 he was the Texans’ quarterbacks coach and in 2008-09 was their offensive coordinator. Schaub led the NFL in passing yards with 4,770 and completions with 396 in 2009 under Shanahan’s tutelage.
He also won Pro Bowl MVP honors after the season.
Of course, if we are to assume that the reunion is to happen in Cleveland, the Texans will have to release Schaub first.
It makes sense considering the 32-year-old is due to make $10 million in 2014 and struggled mightily last year with 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on his way to a 2-6 record.
I talked to him, I think it was two weeks ago. I get the feeling that he feels like he’s going to be here. He was texting the guys and telling us about his golf tournament and stuff like that.
As long as Matt is my teammate, me and Matt are going to be working together. Hopefully he’s still here. That’s out of my control but we’ll see what happens.
Another angle to this story is what it says about Cleveland's faith in the 2014 draft class, as Joe Dolan of Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio points out:
Would indicate lack of faith in QBs this year. MT @MaryKayCabot: QB Matt Schaub is a "serious possibility'' for Cleveland Browns.— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) March 11, 2014
Looking forward, if Cleveland were to land Schaub and pass on a quarterback early in the draft, he would have to be considered the favorite in the quarterback race.
Brian Hoyer experienced some success last year, but he is far from a proven commodity. He has bounced around the league and is coming off a season-ending ACL tear.
Although Schaub struggled last season, he has a history of success, especially with Shanahan.
With Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron in Cleveland, Schaub may just be the answer. He wouldn't have to be spectacular with weapons like that on the outside.
Check back for updates as the situation develops.