ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that free-agent quarterback Matt Schaub is expected to choose his next team this week, and the Atlanta Falcons are among those teams interested in him. Schefter also names the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets, and mentions other teams in the race for Schaub.
Schaub, 33, most recently was with the Oakland Raiders in 2014 after spending seven seasons as the starting quarterback of the Houston Texans. He was originally drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Schaub played three seasons with the Falcons as a backup to Michael Vick, logging a pair of starts when Vick was out with injury over that span. He was then traded by the Falcons to the Texans in 2007 just before Vick’s legal troubles.
Over the course of seven years in Houston, Schaub started a total of 88 games, posting a 46-42 record. Schaub played under current Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan when he was the quarterbacks coach in 2007, followed by two years as the Texans’ offensive coordinator. Schaub led the NFL in passing yards with 4,770 in 2009 during Shanahan’s last season in Houston. Schaub was also a teammate of current Falcons backup quarterback T.J. Yates for three seasons (2011-13).
Schaub’s tenure in Houston ended on a sour note due to a high number of interceptions in 2013, where he threw 14 in 10 games. Before being benched for the second half of the season, Schaub set a new record by throwing pick-sixes in four consecutive games.
Last offseason, Schaub was traded to the Raiders and was expected to be their starter in 2014 but lost his starting job to rookie Derek Carr in training camp. Schaub eventually saw minimal playing time in 11 games. On just 10 pass attempts, Schaub threw a pair of interceptions, posting a career-low 27.9 passer rating. He was released by the Raiders earlier this month.