At this point in the season, the Houston Texans have clearly given up on former starting quarterback Matt Schaub. Despite being healthy, he will play in a backup role to Case Keenum in the Texans’ Week 9 game against the Indianapolis Colts – if he’s still on the team.
The 2013 NFL Trade Deadline is on Tuesday, October 29. Before the deadline arrives, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Texans ship Schaub out of town.
There are several teams – including the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns – who need help at quarterback. While 2013 has been quite the disaster for Schaub, there’s still plenty of reason to believe he can be a serviceable signal-caller in the NFL. If a team like the Rams or Browns is desperate enough to upgrade the position, they could give the Texans a call in hopes of acquiring Schaub.
The biggest problem with trading Schaub is his pricy contract, which runs through 2016 and still contains about $40 million. It’s not an ideal situation for a team looking for a stop-gap quarterback and Schaub isn’t a long-term option considering his 32 years of age and recent history of injuries. Either Schaub taking a paycut or the Texans helping cover the costs, though, could help get a deal done.
It’s clear that the two parties need a parting. Schaub needs a change of scenery, and the Texans are obviously ready to move on – even if it means starting an unproven passer such as Keenum. That awkwardness between the two sides could be enough to make a deal happen by Tuesday afternoon.
A Schaub trade certainly wouldn’t be a blockbuster deal, but it’s a move that both parties would benefit from. We’ll see on Tuesday if something comes together.