Raiders Rumors: Matt Schaub Isn’t Answer at QB for Oakland

The Oakland Raiders have had 15 different quarterbacks start at least one game since Rich Gannon last played in 2004, and while the team may still have a big need at the position, current Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub isn't the answer.

The past season in Oakland featured three different starting quarterbacks in Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Matt Flynn. Flynn is now a free agent after last playing with the Green Bay Packers, while the other two are still on the roster.

As you can see in the table below, neither Pryor or McGloin were particularly good passers last year, although Pryor did also rush for 576 yards and two scores on just 83 carries. 

Given the way both played last season, it doesn't look like either player is good enough to be the long-term starter in Oakland.

Understandably, the Raiders are looking for a new quarterback, and they have the money to bring one in via free agency if needed. According to, the Raiders have an estimated $39.7 million in cap space as of Wednesday night, which gives them plenty of room to continue to add key pieces to both sides of the ball.

However, the Raiders might not be looking in the right direction for their quarterback. According to Jerry McDonald from the Oakland Tribune, the Raiders are reportedly looking at Schaub as their top QB target.

Schaub currently isn't a free agent, but considering the fact he's in the middle of a four-year, $62 million deal and will count for around $14.1 million against the cap in 2014, it would make a lot of sense for the Texans to let him go, per Spotrac.

ESPN's Tania Ganguli went into more depth explaining why the Texans didn't release Schaub on the first day of the new league year, saying:

There will be a cap hit from dead money that will come from releasing Schaub. He's got prorated amounts of $3.5 million on his cap figures for the ...

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