Raiders QB Matt Schaub Leaves Texans as Franchise's All-Time Leading Passer

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Raiders QB Matt Schaub Leaves Texans as Franchise's All-Time Leading Passer
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Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Oakland Raiders traded a sixth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans on Friday in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, who exits Houston as the 12-year-old franchise's all-time leader in nearly every major passing category.

The former University of Virginia Cavalier was traded from the Atlanta Falcons to Houston in March 2007, and he sat atop the Texans quarterback depth chart from the time of the deal until Week 9 of the 2013 season.

Things started going downhill for Schaub late in 2012, when he posted a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 1-to-3 in his final four games of the regular season, before bowing out in the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. He then struggled early in the 2013 campaign, setting an NFL record by throwing a pick-six in four consecutive games from Weeks 2 to 5.

Schaub's streak mercifully came to an end in a Week 6 loss to the St. Louis Rams, but he also suffered an ankle injury during that game and wasn't able to play again until Week 9, at which point, 2012 undrafted free agent Case Keenum was named the starter.

Schaub would eventually start two more games in 2013, but he didn't find any success, and it became quite apparent by January that his time as the Texans starter was done.

While his reputation in Houston suffered immensely over those last two seasons, Schaub still heads out of town as the Texans' all-time leader in pass attempts (3,020), completions (1,951), passing yardage (23,221), passing touchdowns (124) and interceptions (78). David Carr has a firm grip on second place in each of those categories, as Schaub (88 starts) and Carr (75) have combined to start 163 of the 192 regular-season games in franchise history.

Regardless of how they use the first overall pick in this year's draft, the Texans are undoubtedly hoping to soon acquire a true franchise quarterback for the first time in the organization's brief tenure.

Schaub may be the best signal-caller to date for the Texans, but that speaks more to the team than him. Oakland fans would be wise to keep expectations in check as the fading Schaub enters the season at 33 years old.

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