The Oakland Raiders added another passer to the mix, agreeing to a trade with the Houston Texans that will send Matt Schaub to the Bay Area in exchange for what is expected to be a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
At 32 years old, Schaub is far from the future of the franchise, but can provide the team with a stopgap as they appear ready to move on from the quarterbacks still on the roster. Schaub will likely provide the team with a starter until a new, younger quarterback is prepared to take over.
Jeff Spiegel of SB Nation's Raiders blog, Silver and Black Pride, says it's a move that makes a lot of sense:
So is Matt Schaub the answer? The path to the playoffs?
No, unfortunately he's not. But what he does bring is some credibility to the most important position on a football team, which is something Oakland is desperate for. If Oakland made all the moves they did and didn't upgrade the quarterback position, it would all have been a waste - with Schaub, at least Oakland has completed the transition from irrelevant to competitive.
Schaub made eight starts for the Texans in 2013, tossing 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, snapping a streak of five consecutive seasons with a passer rating over 90.
Here is some other NFL news from Friday that you may have missed:
Richie Incognito has said that he wants to return to football, but before he can, the NFL and NFLPA wants to make sure that he's mentally ready to do so. Before he can sign with a team, Incognito must first pass a comprehensive evaluation from medical advisors chosen by the league and NFLPA. Incognito has recently made headlines for smashing his own Ferrari with a baseball bat and checking himself into a mental health facility.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery in free agency, but made a move to fill that void by signing former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore to a two-year deal. The team likely found a reliable, and possibly cheaper, replacement for Cotchery, according to Neal Coolong of SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain:
Realistically, they picked up a solid slot option go to alongside the versatile Antonio Brown and the developing Markus Wheaton. Moore will serve as a complimentary receiver in the team's intermediate passing game as they look to become a more run-oriented team.
When Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White said on Tuesday that the Duke Blue Devils would win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, he probably didn't feel like he had much to worry about with Mercer. Instead he told a fan picking Mercer to win that he would hand over "season tickets 50 yard line first row" if the unlikely upset occurred. But it did.
And with everyone ready for White to pay up, he wasn't willing to. Instead he offered a consolation prize that was far from the expensive prize he originally offered:
I lost a bet and I will give him tickets to the bears game since he is a bears fan done with this bet— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) March 21, 2014
ESPN analyst Merril Hoge took a lot of heat from fans on Twitter on Friday, but it was much less his fault and much more the fault of the ESPN First Take Twitter account. On Friday morning, the account tweeted a quote from Hoge that has since been deleted, reading: "I would take @MikeSamFootball over @clownejd."
Later, both Hoge and ESPN clarified that the context of the comment was that he would be more willing to use a fifth-round pick on Michael Sam than a first-round pick on Jadeveon Clowney. While that's a much more logical soundbite from Hoge, he also doesn't have the greatest history of draft analysis ... although, who does?