Matt Schaub Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Raiders, Browns and More

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2014

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Updates from Friday, March 21

The Raiders made things official on Friday, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adding specifics:

Earlier in the day,'s Adam Schefter reported that a potential deal to send Schaub to Oakland was in the works. He also mentioned Cleveland as a possibility:

Albert Breer of NFL Network confirmed Schefter's report that the deal was close: 

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that the deal isn't done yet:

Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports provided a potential timetable for the deal to be completed:

McClain later reported that Schaub was undergoing a physical in Oakland to complete the deal:

Breer also added some of the cap considerations in play:

Updates from Monday, March 17

Ian Rapoport of 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:

Rapoport has an update on Schaub's future:

Original Text

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:

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.

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 29:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans walks off the field during a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 29, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Texans 16-10.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty
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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.

However, Andre Johnson’s comments at his celebrity golf classic that were passed along by Dave Zangaro of seemed to indicate Schaub may not be done in Houston:

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:

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.

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 22:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans looks for a receiver in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Reliant Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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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.


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