They spent a 6th round pick to get him. Perhaps the Oakland Raiders can recover the loss for Matt Schaub by dealing him to Buffalo.
Doug Marrone and Buffalo Bills seeking backup help
Part of pulling off a successful trade is all about timing and negotiations. For the Raiders, if there is any undercurrent that they might be regretting their move to bring Matt Schaub in from Houston, they may have an opportunity to get a partial refund back. The Buffalo Bills and head coach Doug Marrone didn’t hide from the fact that they look thin on the depth chart at quarterback. Backups Dennis Dixon and Jeff Tuel have inspired little confidence in three preseason games while starter E.J. Manuel has injury worries around him after last season. So the team is very serious about improving their backup situation.
Matt McGloin playing better and Derek Carr has higher upside
This could be timely news for Oakland. Schaub has not played very as a starter and just doesn’t seem to have that level of skill anymore. However, he’s a proven veteran and could provide much needed stability and guidance for an offense from the backup position. Besides, the Raiders can’t really justify keeping him. Rookie 2nd round pick Derek Carr is clearly the future of the team given his talent and upside while second-year man Matt McGloin has played head and shoulders better than Schaub in the preseason. Going with him as the temporary starter for 2014 isn’t that big of a stretch. Meanwhile Carr can sit and learn behind him and come in when he’s prepared.
The deal isn’t a hard sell. Buffalo gets an experienced former Pro Bowl quarterback to add depth and experience to the most important position on their roster. In return the Raiders can get back a late-round pick and erase most of what looks like a bad experiment.