Talk about a match made in heaven.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter originally reported Oakland would send a late-round draft in exchange for Schaub. The trade was made official on Friday afternoon, and Schefter said Schaub was dealt for a sixth-round pick this year.
Houston owns the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft, and it appears first-year coach Bill O’Brien might select a quarterback. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, University of Central Florida’s Blake Bortles and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel are the likely candidates.
In fact, Manziel was spotted sitting courtside at a Houston Rockets game with Texans running back Arian Foster on Thursday.
There were several factors working against Schaub remaining in Houston this season.
Schaub has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and $10 million base salary in 2014. Houston signed former Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal on Thursday, which made Schaub dispensable.
In addition, Schaub played poorly last season. He finished with 2,301 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 2013. Schaub set an NFL record with an interception returned for a touchdown in four consecutive games this season, and some Houston fans cheered when he sustained an ankle injury.
Schaub previously signed a four-year contract extension worth a maximum of $62 million, but Houston never received a return on that investment.
However, Schaub will join Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards as quarterbacks on Oakland’s roster.
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