ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has reported that the Houston Texans have traded quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a late-round draft pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Schaub has spent the past 7 seasons in Houston, leading the Texans to AFC South titles and playoff berths in 2011 and 2012. The signal caller took a step back in 2013, struggling early in the season with turnovers and eventually being bendhed by former head coach Gary Kubiak in favor of Case Keenum. Keenum ultimately struggled as well, and Schaub regained the job late in the year. Regardless, the Texans finished the season on a 14 game losing streak that ultimately led to the firing of Kubiak before the season ended.
Pryor. McGloin. Flynn.
Those were the names Raiders fans had to see on the back of their signal-caller's jersey last season. Those names were also one of the bigger reasons the Raiders finished the 2013 campaign at 4-12.
Schaub has had success in the league. He's passed for over 4,000 yards three times and made two Pro Bowls. 2013 was a disaster though. Schaub started the season throwing 10 interceptions in the Texans first five games, several of them being retruned for touchdowns. The fans were ready for a change. They got it. Keenum was no better.
The Raiders wanted Schaub in the off-season. Whether he will be their starter in 2014 remains to be seen. Hopefully, for fantasy players, a change of scenery does him some good. The Raiders, who hold a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft, are positioned now to take a QB if they want, or use Schaub as their QB and draft another need. Lord knows, coming off a 4-12 season, there are a lot of needs in Raider Nation.