Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass against the Detroit Lions at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Could Oakland Raiders Trade Matt McGloin to Houston?

Matt McGloin has continued to play really good football for the Oakland Raiders in preseason.  Has this increased his trade value?

Matt Schaub and Derek Carr make McGloin a trade asset

It’s fair to say the Oakland starting quarterback job will  be decided within the next two weeks and it will either be veteran Matt Schaub or promising rookie Derek Carr who gets the nod.  Whoever loses is certain to get the backup job, which means Matt McGloin is stuck in the third string spot despite having a tremendous preseason.  Through two games he has over 200 yards passing and scored two touchdown, one running and one throwing.  He continues to grow from what was a rather solid debut as a rookie in 2013.  Since it is unlikely he will challenge for the starting job with the Raiders, is the 24-year old becoming a trade asset?

Bill O’Brien struggling to find Houston Texans a quarterback

One of the more popular strategies teams like to employ these days is to groom young quarterbacks like horses in a stable and then auction them off to other teams in exchange for draft picks.  It’s just a question of finding the right buyer.  For Oakland, their best chance to unload McGloin for a decent price is by placing a call to the Houston Texans.  The team continues to have problems at the quarterback position.  Anointed starter Ryan Fitzpatrick has looked uneven in training camp and the preseason while rookie Tom Savage is much too raw to even consider starting.  That has left the door open for trade possibilities.  McGloin would make great sense for them not just because he’s playing well but because Texans head coach Bill O’Brien developed him when they were together at Penn State.  They know each other well.  O’Brien may find a reunion much to his liking.

As with any trade consideration, it comes down to price and demand.  Oakland can’t afford to overcharge, but with the right negotiating they could get a nice return for McGloin.

Tags: Bill O'brien Derek Carr Matt McGloin Matt Schaub Oakland Raiders

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