Oakland Raiders Make Huge Upgrade at QB, Trade for Matt Schaub

By Connor Muldowney
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If you were wondering who the Oakland Raiders were going to choose in the 2014 NFL Draft, you might have to re-think their area of selection. On Friday morning, it was announced that the team had traded for Matt Schaub and had given up a late-round draft pick.

The rumors of this trade were swirling days before when the team was reported to have major interest in the Houston Texans‘ quarterback.

Now that the trade is official, what does this mean for both teams? Well, even though the Texans signed Ryan Fitzpatrick, it looks like the Texans will still be taking a quarterback with the first overall pick. Getting a late-round pick for a QB they had been trying to get rid of for quite some time can be considered a win.

For the Raiders, locking up a veteran quarterback who is a proven producer has to be considered a win also. He might be coming off his worst career season, but every player has one of those — Schaub’s was just magnified because of the Texans’ expectations and the unfortunate pick-six streak.

Schaub is a QB who can pass for about 4,000 yards and throw 20-plus touchdowns in a season for the Raiders if he’s on top of his game.

He needs to forget his 2013 season in which he threw for just 2,310 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing 14 interceptions before getting benched. Well, he suffered an injury and was benched after he became healthy.

This trade has to be considered a solid move for both teams because the Raiders ranked 25th in the league in passing last season behind Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor. The Texans can still get value with a late-round selection and now they can focus on drafting their QB.

Great move all around.

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