With Texans quarterback Matt Schaub heading into the final season on his contract and not engaged in any negotiations, some Houston fans may be worrying that the team could lose its starting quarterback after this year. But Schaub sounds confident that something will get done.
Schaub told the team’s website that the lack of negotiations is more about putting all his focus on football than about any indication that he might be on the way out.
“To me, it’s just about focusing on your job, getting ready to go, and guys go through it every year,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting some things done, but you’ve got to go out and you’ve got to get healthy and you’ve got to get ready to play and go out and prove it on the field. So I‘m just looking forward to just going out and playing and not worrying about that. That stuff, if we take care of our business, get our job done, things will take care of themselves. But I love the city of Houston and want to be here for many years to come. It’s important for me to finish what we started here, so I’m excited about what the future holds. Right now, it’s just about getting ready for camp and just keeping the blinders on and keeping the focus on the next task.”
It’s great to hear a player say he wants to put all his focus on the field, but at some point Schaub is going to have to spend some time focusing on a new contract, either with the Texans now or, possibly, with another team next year. Schaub may see himself in Houston for many years to come, but the longer the two sides go without working out a new deal, the more likely it becomes that Schaub follows in the footsteps of Mario Williams and leaves Houston for greener pastures.