The Matt Schaub era in Oakland is reportedly over before it even began.
Schaub, acquired via trade from the Houston Texans this offseason, has been replaced as the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback by rookie Derek Carr, Fox Sports Jay Glazer reports.
The 33-year-old Schaub was hoping to revitalize his career after a sour finish in Houston, where last season he went 2-6 as a starter and set an NFL record for consecutive games with an interception returned for a touchdown.
But it seems that the future is now for the Raiders, who drafted Carr with the fourth pick in the second round in April, relegating Schaub to backup duty.
Of course, it’s possible that Schaub’s slide on the depth chart doesn’t end at No. 2. Third-string quarterback Matt McGloin impressed throughout the preseason, including posting a game-winning drive against the Detroit Lions.
Schaub, meanwhile, struggled throughout exhibition action amid concerns about his throwing elbow. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen initially said he had “no concerns” about the joint, but as recently as Friday, Allen was non-committal about his Week 1 starter against the New York Jets.
Despite expectations that he would be released, Schaub was dealt to Oakland in March for a 2014 sixth-round draft pick, which later became former LSU running back Alfred Blue, selected at 181 overall.
After the trade, Schaub signed a two-year deal with the Raiders worth $13.5 million, $8 million guaranteed.
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