NFL Trade Rumors: Matt Schaub on the Trade Block?
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.