One of the main talking points of this NFL season is what the Houston Texans will do about their quarterback situation. With the first pick in the draft and aggressively shopping starting quarterback Matt Schaub, the stage is set for a new signal-caller in Houston. But the question still remains, who will pick up Schaub?
According to Ian Rapoport today, both the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders are strong contenders in any trade deal for the veteran starter. Both teams have a definite need at the position and a ton of cap space to make the deal a possibility.
A ton of cap space will definitely come in handy for any team looking to do a deal with Houston. Schaub's cap hit next year is over $14 million.
The Browns cut two of their three quarterbacks last week with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell both gone, it frees up both opportunity and cap space for someone like Schaub.
However Cleveland also have the fourth pick in the draft, which would look to be a prime quarterback position. It would seem likely that at least one of Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater would be available to select there.
Even if they don't select a QB at four, they could definitely select one toward the bottom of the first round which they also have due to a trade last season with Indianapolis. Reports had suggested that they were keen on selecting Derek Carr with this pick which would make Schaub pretty redundant.
For Cleveland wouldn't it be better to select a rookie quarterback for less money than use up valuable cap space on a player that even the Texans don't want?
For Oakland, the situation is a little different. Their first round selection is at number five, and their chances of getting one of the better QBs in the draft might be a little slimmer there. The Raiders have the best cap situation in the league ($51 million), in reality they probably have a little too much money to spend.
As one of the more unfavorable destinations in the league, they are likely to end up overpaying for most players but they could certainly find a role for Schaub in their offense without feeling the pinch financially.
Rapoport tweeted today:"Browns ($34M) & Raiders ($51M) have cap room. Still tough to make it happen."
Tough, yes but if I'm in the Raiders organisation I view Schaub as the best opportunity at a quick turnaround.
Where do you think Schaub will end up? Have your say in the comments.