Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, citing league sources, reports that even though Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie didn’t rule out the idea of bringing backup QB Matt Schaub back next year, it’s not happening.
McKenzie told reporters on Wednesday night that “it’s always realistic” that Schaub could be back.
“He doesn’t have anything that is forcing our hand right now,” said McKenzie. “There could be other teams that want him and maybe would trade me a player for him.”
It would be a surprise to see Schaub back in Oakland next year, especially considering that they like third-string QB Matt McGloin so much.
Schaub, 33, signed a two-year, $13.5 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed after the Raiders sent a sixth-round pick to the Texans for him.
He’s scheduled to make a base salary of $5.5 million for the 2015 season. However, releasing Schaub would free up all $5.5 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com.
The Raiders have plenty of cap space to work with, but it would still be a lot of money to pay a backup that has struggled as much as Schaub has in recent years.
In 2014, Schaub was active for 11 games, but was limited to playing just 19 snaps. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 57 yards and two interceptions.