Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) passes against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Schaub is Oakland Raiders top target at QB

Josh McCown was the top stopgap quarterback on the open market, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently took him off the market by signing him to a two-year deal. The move didn’t come as a surprise, because the Buccaneers were considered the favorites to land McCown and make him the insurance policy for current starting quarterback Mike Glennon (though McCown, of course, has a legit shot at starting over Glennon in 2014).

With McCown off the market, Matt Schaub would clearly become the top free agent quarterback if released by the Houston Texans, and I would consider it an absolute shock if the Texans decided not to cut ties with him. He’s too expensive for them to keep, and they should draft a quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater) with the first overall pick. Schaub has significant interest from the New York Jets, and now the Oakland Tribune’s Jerry McDonald reports that the quarterback with the “most interest” from the Raiders is indeed Schaub.

This news may not be popular among Raiders fans, but nobody should be surprised from this. Even though his awful 2013 season is still fresh in most people’s minds, he also had several very good seasons before imploding in 2013. I am a firm believer that Schaub is still a good quarterback who will bounce-back, and he would be an excellent stopgap option for Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, as long as he is affordable. Michael Vick and Josh Freeman are also in the mix, but only Vick should be viewed as a legit option of those two.

It’s going to be interesting to see how thing shake out for the Raiders at the quarterback position, because they could still draft a quarterback in the first round this year despite the expectation that they won’t. But as of right now, the Raiders offseason has been a huge disappointment, and Reggie McKenzie deserves all the criticism he is getting.

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  • Angel

    On my f’n gosh. free agency is blowing
    My mind on how we are letting everyone goto the bucs and broncos. Someone tell me why the fuk Reggie is wasting precious time with Schaub!!??? They are making it REAL fkn hard to be a Raider….. I swear I’m so damn close to giving up. I was born into this. I have pictures of me in Raiders attire when I was a baby. I have been proud, even this past decade still being proud. I’m a loyal motherfukr and they are making me hate this fkn team. Reggie, it’s fkn disgusting!! Disgusting…..

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I don’t think he’s wasting time showing interest in Schaub, because he already wasted his time not going after top FAs yesterday and not re-signing any of the team’s top 3 FAs. At this point, I think the damage has already been done, but hopefully he can redeem himself. At this point, I really feel for Dennis Allen, who looks like a lame duck now thanks to McKenzie.

      • Angel

        I agree. Raider Nation is going to be calling for Allen’s head before our Bye. And the real one to blame is Reggie. It’s like a chain of command for me. I have to respect them, but behind their backs….. Fk em.

      • Angel

        I can’t even think or make sense right now. This sht is making me belligerent.

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          I don’t blame you, man.

    • KloverJane

      Saga of ineptitude.

    • Tom Weissmann

      I wouldn’t say he’s letting them go to them as much as they don’t want to waste time in Oakland losing When they could go to Denver (sorry but the talent in Oakland is almost nonexistent) or play for a coach who doesn’t have a lot of resources and credentials to get players like Lovie with the Bucs. Mckenzie needs to start drafting better (while getting better deals unlike what he did in last year’s draft) to get a core of good, young players and then the free agents will be pouring in. The Jaguars were in the same boat a couple of years ago and now they could be on the rise in the next few years. It’ll be tough but the wait will be worth it.

  • Angel

    I just punched a hole in the wall after hearing about this AGAIN!!! my neighbors are going to have to call the police cause I’m outside breaking all my windows to my house!!

  • Erik Spence

    Chill out Angel and put on you big boy pants and expand your vocabulary….

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Hey, “belligerent” is a nice SAT word.

    • Angel

      I rarely curse in the comments area but I’m angered at the in effectiveness and lack of approach at building our team. It seems as if Reggie surrendered to our next seasons opponents already. I’ve changed my perception on Reggie’s free agency approach since reading another article on how Reggie works like Packers GM. I’ve calmed. I will standby patiently and hope. As far as my vocabulary, I’m a Raider and could give a sht what you think. Sorry for wanting my team to be vigilant and not seeing anything being done to improve. This draft alone will not build a championship team. I know you know that. I didn’t want to conform with the Reggie haters. But the lack of urgency is frustrating.

  • Werner Lewis

    Dear Joe Blow, you did not mention the new beast of a man at RT. Just build it Regeeeee.