Raiders trading late-round pick for Texans QB Matt Schaub

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

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The world's been holding its collective breath, wondering when Matt Schaub will be released by the Texans. Turns out he won't. He's being traded to Oakland instead.

The Raiders officially announced on Friday that they've added Schaub. According to, Oakland gave up a sixth-round pick for the Texans quarterback.

With Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards on the depth chart, it stands to reason that Schaub will become the likely starter for 2014.

It's no guarantee, however. After all the Raiders gave up low-round picks before last season in order to acquire Matt Flynn from the Seahawks and he ended up starting for the Bills and then the Packers before the season ended.

But the Raiders draft dynamic certainly changes. Three of our 2014 NFL Mock Drafts had the Raiders taking a quarterback (specifically, Johnny Manziel) in our latest update. Oakland still needs a passer of the future but Schaub's presence means they could take talent over need when No. 5 rolls around, or even trade down and gamble that a passer will land in their lap later.

And rip Schaub all you want (or set his jersey on fire or mock him with mean meat advertisments) but he's a quarterback who's capable of winning games, or at the very least managing them.

The 2013 season was a nightmare for him but if he returns to the form he had in the previous four years this will look like a smart deal for the Raiders.

Matt Schaub's reportedly been traded to the Raiders.
Reportedly, Matt Schaub has been traded to the Raiders. (USATSI)

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