Technically, Matt Schaub isn’t a free agent. Yet.
The Houston Texans are expected to release the veteran quarterback any day now. He had a disastrous 2013 season, including four straight games in which he threw an interception that was run back for a touchdown. He was repeatedly booed in his home park and the team is looking to move on from the Schaub era.
Several insiders have reported that the Browns, Raiders and Jets will all be potential suitors for Schaub once he is released.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2014
Jason LaCanfora even went as far as to say that the Browns are the place where Schaub makes the most sense.
“Matt Schaub, Cleveland: With the Browns firing their front office and going with rookie GM Ray Farmer and rookie coach Mike Pettine, the likelihood they trade up or go big for a quarterback at the top of the draft has greatly diminished. I’d be surprised if they took a passer in the first round. They want competition for Brian Hoyer however, and Schaub already knows this system inside out from his time with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Houston. In fact, he thrived under him. Schaub is not as mobile and spry as he used to be, but with a new offensive system in place there, Schaub is an obvious choice and after making $15M a year the past few years, he will come cheaply. (Rex Grossman would be a fall-back plan here, with his Shanahan ties).”
I understand the idea of new coaches bringing in former players to help teach their system and for a feeling of security. If Mike Pettine wants to bring in Jairus Byrd, even at $9 million per season, please feel free. If Kyle Shanahan wants to bring in WR Josh Morgan, I’m on board.
But Matt Schaub? Rex Grossman? No thanks.
One report I read over the weekend called Schaub a “bridge quarterback” meaning he would be the bridge between where the team is now and when it is ready for the quarterback of the future (assuming the Browns drafted that player this season.) I won’t even link the piece as they obviously forgot that quarterback is already on the roster. His name is Brian Hoyer.
At linebacker, or say wide receiver you can certainly bring in an extra guy to help a new coach out. No problem. Take a look at what Quentin Groves did last year. The Browns brought in Groves to be an extension of Ray Horton on the practice field. Groves wasn’t a starter last season. He did contribute before his injury and was a very good special teams player as well. At linebacker you can bring in an extra guy with no problem.
At quarterback, and especially with this team, there is no room to waste.
Brian Hoyer I believe will have a legitimate chance to win the starting quarterback job next season. The Browns need to bring in two players with Hoyer that have the potential to be future franchise quarterbacks. I say two so that the Browns can double their chances. Draft two. Not necessarily two in the first two rounds, but take a pair of guys that you like and bring everybody to camp.
Brian Hoyer may not have been teamed with Kyle Shanahan in the past, but he studied under Tom Brady and is a professional. He is more than capable of being the “veteran leader” at quarterback that a rookie needs to learn from.
Maybe it’s the list of quarterbacks that the Browns have brought in through free agency in the past talking. Detmer, Garcia, Dilfer, Delhomme and Wallace. Sure, let’s just add Rex Grossman or Matt Schaub to the never ending roll of quarterbacks. It just doesn’t make sense to me to bring in a guy that you already know isn’t the long term answer at the most important position on the team. We’ve been there and done that. Let’s try something else. Let the Raiders or Jets sign the 32 year old quarterback on the decline.