Raiders, Browns Considering Matt Schaub Trade?

MONDAY, 2:45pm: The Texans continue to push to trade Schaub, according to Ian Rapoport (via Twitter), who identifies the Raiders and Browns as teams with some interest. As Rapoport notes (via Twitter), even though both Oakland and Cleveland have plenty of cap room, it will still be tough for the Texans to find a deal that works.

SUNDAY, 4:38pm: The Raiders are in “serious talks” about acquiring quarterback Matt Schaub from the Texans, according to Garrett Heinrich of Sports Radio 610 in Houston. The report also notes that the Texans will look to find a QB who can start immediately in 2014, either in the form of a draft pick or a free agent.

Reports on Friday indicated that Raiders might be interested in Schaub, along with other veteran options like Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez, and Josh Freeman. The Raiders, who had the most cap space in the league heading into free agency, could easily absorb Schaub’s contract, which calls for base salaries totaling $37MM over the next three seasons. The Texans, meanwhile, would suffer a $10.5MM 2015 cap hit in the form of dead money in the event of a trade. Houston, holding the No. 1 overall selection in May’s draft, is expected to seriously consider drafting one of Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, or Blake Bortles to take over as its quarterback.

Schaub, who has also been linked to the Browns, struggled last season, throwing just 10 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, and ranked 35th in quarterback DYAR and quarterback rating. However, he has been largely successful as a starter; just two seasons ago, in 2012, he threw for 4,008 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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