Matt Schaub and Mark Sanchez are the two top targets for the Raiders in their quest to add a veteran quarterback.
That’s the word from Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com, who reports that Schaub tops the Raiders’ list and Sanchez is next.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, Schaub is still under contract to the Texans and Sanchez is still under contract to the Jets. It’s been widely expected that both quarterbacks would be cut early in the offseason, but both teams might decide that they’d rather hold onto their veteran quarterbacks and see if they have any trade value. If the Raiders want Schaub or Sanchez, they might have to give a draft pick to the Texans or Jets.
The Raiders are also reportedly interested in free agents Josh Freeman and Michael Vick, but only if they can’t acquire Schaub or Sanchez.
Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin split the quarterback duties in Oakland last season, and Trent Edwards is also on the roster. Adding Schaub or Sanchez to that group would look less like a commitment to excellence than a commitment to mediocrity.