In today’s Houston Chronicle, John McClain reported that the Texans were in the midst of working out a deal to acquire Matt Schaub. NFL.com’s Adam Schefter adds that the deal will be done by the end of the day, and the Texans will surrender at least a second round pick for the fourth-year passer.
Rumors of Schaub being traded have persisted since last off-season. Despite only starting two games thus far in his NFL career, Schaub had performed relatively well. It has been rumored that several teams have been interested in his services, including the Texans, Browns, and Raiders this off-season.
Schaub will have the opportunity to replace Texans passer David Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in 2002. Carr has struggled since entering the league, and has a record of 22-53 as a starter and a career passer rating of 75.5.
Schaub’s departure makes way for backup D.J. Shockley to assume the No. 2 spot. Shockley was a seventh round pick last season, although it’s been rumored by various sources that the Falcons may also seek to add a veteran between now and the summer.
This trade also shows a vote of confidence from new coach Bobby Petrino to incumbent starter Michael Vick. Rumors of a potential quarterback controversy have been brewing in Atlanta since Petrino took over. It was said that for that reason, it was unlikely that the Falcons would trade Schaub.