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Texans can escape Schaub’s contract after the season

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Last September, the Texans opted after only one game to give Matt Schaub a long-term contract.  He pocketed $22 million in 2012, and the question after the season will become whether the Texans want to throw good money after a suddenly bad player.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, the cap hit becomes somewhat manageable after the 2013 season.  If the Texans designate Schaub as a post-June 1 cut, the cap charge in 2014 would be $3.5 million.  In 2015, $7 million in dead money would apply.

The Texans also would avoid paying Schaub $10 million next season by cutting him, along with another $1 million in total per-game roster bonuses.

While it’s debatable whether T.J. Yates or Case Keenum would be as good as Schaub, either guy would be a better choice on a dollar-for-dollar basis.  They each will make less than 10 percent next year of Schaub’s scheduled pay in 2014.

One of them could be in line for a raise, as soon as next season.

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  1. seatownballers says: Sep 30, 2013 10:09 AM

    Texan fans were pissed. 2 guys were burning their schaub jerseys I’m the parking lot. Maybe it’s time to draft a qb

  2. ccjcsr says: Sep 30, 2013 10:12 AM

    System QB, when things break down he can’t improvise. Not a Franchise QB!

  3. tmac2001 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:12 AM

    I would never understand how an organization would pay good money to an QB who never been to the mountaintop. I see his future coming at the end of this season. You heard it here first, Schaub on the trading blocks!!!!

  4. jhorton83 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:15 AM

    Schaub is a good QB, but he’ll never be a great QB. Time to move on.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:17 AM

    But who do they think they can get that would be better? Considering they’ll finish good enough to not be in position to draft a franchise QB, and the extension he just got, the Texans are kinda stuck with Schaub.

  6. thepftpoet says: Sep 30, 2013 10:21 AM

    Schaub could still probably be a starting LInebacker in Green Bays depleted defense

  7. scoops1 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:28 AM

    Jay Cutler would look good in a Texans uniforms

  8. 12444uggg says: Sep 30, 2013 10:28 AM

    I’m a Colts fan who has some respect for Schaubs game, but I’ll say this, he’s got two elite backs, two elite receiving targets in Johnson and Daniels. He needs to get it done this year, because the gap between the Colts and Texans is closing rapidly.

  9. lightcleric says: Sep 30, 2013 10:32 AM

    I didn’t get to see it live(DirectTV had issues with channel issues yesterday) but Kubiak should get flak for calling that play-action. Your team is built on running. Seattle had 1 good drive all day on offense. Just run the ball, eat some clock and let Lechler pin them inside the 5(feasible from where they were on the field).

    Schaub isn’t great but I can’t imagine Keenum or Yates are any better now or in the next few years. I think they might be stuck in no man’s land which is a crappy place to be.

  10. kaeprulestheworld says: Sep 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    They need to give this guy the Josh Freeman treatment .

  11. qdog112 says: Sep 30, 2013 10:38 AM

    VINCE YOUNG is a vast upgrade, but is black-balled from the NFL. It’s almost as if, the league sent a message to Green Bay to release him.

    Houston has the players to win and they have for years. You can’t be a snob-type organization, if you have won NOTHING.

  12. florioinitalianmeansnonsense says: Sep 30, 2013 10:40 AM

    Texans need to draft Johnny Football next year. Shaub is a poor man’s Romo.

  13. zoxitic says: Sep 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    Play action throw across the field with 2 minutes left goes down as one of the dumbest plays ever.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 30, 2013 10:45 AM

    qdog112 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 10:38 AM
    VINCE YOUNG is a vast upgrade, but is black-balled from the NFL. It’s almost as if, the league sent a message to Green Bay to release him.

    Houston has the players to win and they have for years. You can’t be a snob-type organization, if you have won NOTHING.

    ____________________
    LOL!!!

  15. purpleguy says: Sep 30, 2013 10:53 AM

    Minnesota would be happy to ship Houston Christian Ponder.

  16. dalucks says: Sep 30, 2013 11:01 AM

    I tried to tell Texans fans that giving Matt Schaub and Gary Kubiak extends over the last two years was a mistake. Both have maxed out their stay in Houston.

    The Texans are a good head coach and quarterback away from the Super Bowl.

  17. TheDPR says: Sep 30, 2013 11:02 AM

    They gave the game away by trying to be cute and not putting the ball in the hands of their best and safest player, Foster.

    Matt Schaub, as several have already said, is a good but not great QB. You don’t put him in that situation if you’ve been following his career, as one would think Gary Kubiak has.

    Dumb play-call decision, dumb throw, and poorly thrown.

    Schaub is this generation’s Drew Bledsoe. Good but not good enough to win it all.

  18. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 30, 2013 11:04 AM

    Don’t worry Texan fans, it’s impossible to throw a pick 6 against the whiners. Their secondary is just that bad.

  19. quicktaker says: Sep 30, 2013 11:06 AM

    Schaub has been a disappointment this year but there are not enough good QBs available. You can go 20 years and not get a QB as good as Schaub. The QB free agent market is essentially non-existent. Unless a Russel Wilson falls in your lap your are stuck with him (same thing with Romo/Dallas Cutler/Bears).

  20. hines86for6 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:08 AM

    Matt Schlub

  21. serkeljerks says: Sep 30, 2013 11:14 AM

    wilsonwillbreaku says:
    Sep 30, 2013 11:04 AM
    Don’t worry Texan fans, it’s impossible to throw a pick 6 against the whiners. Their secondary is just that bad.

    —————————-

    uhhhh…..Eric Reid is on pace to be DROY…….the secondary is fine.

  22. rajbais says: Sep 30, 2013 11:15 AM

    This last game against the league leading Seattle defense can cause you to question him as a Super Bowl winning QB, but stop practicing selective persecution.

    This team can’t win one with anyone playing franchise QB.

    Andre Johnson is getting older, the outside tackles weren’t on the field, and Rick Smith deserves blame for not maintaining the defense to Texans’ standard.

    If he sucks so badly the Texans should just trade him or let him pick his options after the draft because someone will need a QB next year regardless.

    Carson Palmer is way worse than Schaub. Why isn’t he being talked about in the same subject matter??

    It’s not Schaub’s fault that Gary Kubiak had a bland offensive game plan in more crucial times and had a defensive quality control coach promoted to defensive coordinator when that kind of move is one step better than the Eagles promoting the offensive line coach Juan Castillo to the same position.

    Schaub was a big reason for the team to lose, but don’t absolve everyone else. They’ll stink without him. Sorry Texans fans.

  23. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:17 AM

    Hey Texans fans,

    Remember when you said you didn’t need to pursue Peyton Manning, and that you were fine with the 2 good young Quarterbacks you had? Umm, yeah. Houston has equal talent at the Skill positions as Denver. Denver may end up having the greatest offense anyone has ever seen by the end of yr, while Houston is mediocre. This is 100% the discrepancy between Manning and Schaub. Great quarterbacks allow you to win and win big. Everything after a great quarterback is secondary.

  24. brenenostler says: Sep 30, 2013 11:23 AM

    Tebow

  25. joetoronto says: Sep 30, 2013 11:25 AM

    tmac2001 says:
    Sep 30, 2013 10:12 AM
    I would never understand how an organization would pay good money to an QB who never been to the mountaintop. I see his future coming at the end of this season. You heard it here first, Schaub on the trading blocks!!!!
    ***********************************************
    There’s a lot of stupid posts in this thread but congratulations.

    You take the cake.

    “You heard it here first.” SMH.

  26. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 30, 2013 11:28 AM

    @serkeljerks

    I agree. The kid has good potential, but a concussion for a safety in his second career game is a huge red flag don’t you think?

  27. ufanforreal says: Sep 30, 2013 11:34 AM

    shogunassasin30 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:17 AM

    Hey Texans fans,

    Remember when you said you didn’t need to pursue Peyton Manning, and that you were fine with the 2 good young Quarterbacks you had? Umm, yeah. Houston has equal talent at the Skill positions as Denver. Denver may end up having the greatest offense anyone has ever seen by the end of yr, while Houston is mediocre. This is 100% the discrepancy between Manning and Schaub. Great quarterbacks allow you to win and win big. Everything after a great quarterback is secondary.

    ————————————————–
    don’t count your playoff wins before you’re in them……….as a Colts fan…….just saying.

  28. trollhammer20 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:43 AM

    Dan Marino when his feet are set. Ryan Leaf when they are not.

  29. qadrir says: Sep 30, 2013 11:44 AM

    On sidelines the Texans have a better Coach and and a better QB.

    Wade Philips & Casey Keenum. Texans hers is your recipe for salvaging the season. Cut the shaky, pathetic QB and bone head coach.

  30. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 30, 2013 11:47 AM

    Houston, you DEF have a problem!

    Shaub folds like a deck of soaking wet cards under ANY pressue!

    Good game Seahags!

  31. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    ————————————————–
    don’t count your playoff wins before you’re in them……….as a Colts fan…….just saying.

    Like 2006? I swear when it comes to Peyton – I guess because he is so good people expect him to win the Superbowl every other yr or it’s a failure. I wasn’t speaking of playoffs in my initial post, but lets not lose foresight here, That comfy new stadium you sit in? Peyton built that. Without Peyton that franchise would still be experiencing years of nothingness. As far as I’m concerned, the entire state of Indiana should be getting on their knees once Peyton rolls in to town in a few weeks.

  32. princeopus says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    ship 2 second round and 3 third round picks to the steelers,get roethlisberger,and the steelers can begin to rebuild

  33. afewzigzagsplease says: Sep 30, 2013 11:54 AM

    I’m not a fan of the Texans or Seahawks, but the game was shown in my area. Schuab is a bit like Danny White, the Cowboys QB of the 80s. Meaning, he’s good, but not great and will never lead his team to a Super Bowl. There have been many like him, and always will be.

  34. dougchvrs says: Sep 30, 2013 11:55 AM

    @lightcleric:…1 small problem with your little theory..They were playing the HAWKS D..#1 in football!..You cant just run the ball and pray for no turnovers..especially against the HAWKS!! GO HAWKS!!!!!

  35. swampfox42 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:59 AM

    Schaub is done
    Johnson is done
    Foster will be done
    Watt is great.
    REBUILD is in your future

  36. jeff6381 says: Sep 30, 2013 12:06 PM

    People say that Houston is a easy place to play and there is no stress playing here but when fans turn on you it is over just ask David Carr and Brad Lidge. Fans are not like Boston, NY, and Philly but it can get really bad and I think Matt Schuab is about to experience it.

  37. ufanforreal says: Sep 30, 2013 12:10 PM

    shogunassasin30 says: Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM

    ————————————————–
    don’t count your playoff wins before you’re in them……….as a Colts fan…….just saying.

    Like 2006? I swear when it comes to Peyton – I guess because he is so good people expect him to win the Superbowl every other yr or it’s a failure. I wasn’t speaking of playoffs in my initial post, but lets not lose foresight here, That comfy new stadium you sit in? Peyton built that. Without Peyton that franchise would still be experiencing years of nothingness. As far as I’m concerned, the entire state of Indiana should be getting on their knees once Peyton rolls in to town in a few weeks
    ————————————————
    One SB win the whole time Peyton was there with all the talent Peyton had around him and guess what, in the playoffs he throws interceptions and we lose in the second SB the Colts were in quess what he throws a interception and we lose.
    I love PEYTON and he is a great QB just not when it counted.
    BTW I was pointing more to your statement of “Everything after a great quarterback is secondary” more than a cut down of Peyton and yes he did a lot for Indy as did Indy for him but don’t let that stand in your way of facts you think you know.

  38. rayvid says: Sep 30, 2013 12:24 PM

    The Texans front office doomed us when they refused to sign Manning when they had a chance. THIS SUCKS!!!!!

  39. slick50ks says: Sep 30, 2013 12:27 PM

    I don’t care who the QB is, that franchise will NEVER win anything with Kubiak at the helm.

    He’s simply a terrible head coach, and has to be running out of chances.

  40. ralphwilsonisrich says: Sep 30, 2013 1:00 PM

    Window closing there with current roster? Colts breathing on your butt after their quick rebuild

  41. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 1:03 PM

    Wow. Houston and Atlanta–two teams that seemed to be one step away and suddenly they’ve taken five steps backward. A couple of years ago when Schaub was playing so well before getting knocked out for the season, I threw a token vote to him for the Pro Bowl. Really thought this guy had the goods. Sad.

  42. tarkenton2white says: Sep 30, 2013 1:07 PM

    I watched the game, thought Shaub played very competently. He looked like a pro-bowler in the first half. I don’t believe there is any upgrade available to replace him.

    The play calling after the half was not good for Houston. But without Wilson making crucial plays with his feet, this one goes in the Texans “w” column. And we’d be praising their win over the best of the nfc. Get a grip, people.

  43. mitchem85 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:12 PM

    Peyton was never going to Houston, nice try though.. There was only a couple teams on his list and the broncos,redskins,9ers, were the teams that only had a real chance

  44. rayvid says: Sep 30, 2013 1:21 PM

    @mitchem85 – you, my friend, have no clue what you’re talking about. Manning’s agent called Houston. Yes, there was a short list of teams he would play for and Houston was at the top of his list. Go back and investigate it. Rick Smith confirmed this and said that because of the uncertainty of Manning’s neck injury they weren’t interested. This, even though Schaub was coming off a severe foot injury.

  45. thesportgenius says: Sep 30, 2013 2:38 PM

    Schaub = Romo 2.0 an all time great at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Must be a Texas thing.

  46. dualprime says: Sep 30, 2013 4:17 PM

    thesportgenius says:
    Sep 30, 2013 2:38 PM
    Schaub = Romo 2.0 an all time great at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Must be a Texas thing.
    ——————————————
    Schaub and Romo are not from Texas. Here’s a list of “Texas things” that are doing okay: Andrew Luck, Christian Ponder, Robert Griffin III, Andy Dalton, Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Stafford, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb

  47. patrickreilly91 says: Sep 30, 2013 5:14 PM

    Good grab a QB in the draft!

  48. tacrest says: Oct 5, 2013 1:43 PM

    Houston needs to learn that commitments are made for performance, results and the future. Two division championships and playoff wins are great!!! When you have earned the right to be one of the elite eight teams in pro football the leaderships on the sideline and on the field must be at a top level. In this case it is not. Schaub was a bench warmer in Atlanta and does not have a gun for a arm and is not a dependable play marker. Houston has learned a lesson hopefully
    a quarterback is a must and this franchise since inception has not had one. Kubiak is too predictable and conservative. Interesting to see how the organization deals with this. They brought this on themselves.

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