March 22, 2018

The Texans 2014 Plan Starts with Matt Schaub

The off-season moves have started around the NFL and the Houston Texans will be following suit soon enough. The 2014 plan for the Texans is being put in place by new Head Coach Bill O’Brien and General Manager Rick Smith by targeting potential free agent targets and setting their draft board.

The biggest decision rests what the organization plans to do with Matt Schaub and his contract for the upcoming season.  There has been plenty of discussion prior to the end of the season that Schaub could have spent his last season in Houston as the starting quarterback.

The quarterback has three years remaining on his current deal, which still has guarantees of $10.5 million dollars of his $62 million dollar extension he signed prior to the start of the 2012 season. To make matters tougher, his cap numbers increase throughout the life of the contract starting next season at $14.125 million then to $17 million in 2015 and $19 million in 2016. Schaub’s low guarantees make the contract reasonable, but his high cap hits make it hard to think Schaub will have a future in Houston.

As a franchise the Texans need to explore every option to save that $10.5 million off of Schaub’s contract, especially for a team that needs to make some moves to improve the depth of this team.


Options for Matt Schaub and the Texans

Ask Him to Take a Pay Cut

With his poor play and his decline starting in the 2012 season, Schaub will more than likely not see the type of money he has on his contract again. If Bill O’Brien views Schaub as an option for the 2014 season, the Texans could ask him to take a pay cut to stay with the team. This is not a restructure, because the team’s best interest should be not to pay out the life of the contract.

We know that Schaub will keep $10.5 million, but the Texans could easily drop his cap number to something more realistic and turn it into an incentive packed deal.  The benefit of this is that Schaub can control his future to a point, especially the financials of his deal. By hitting the open market from getting cut, his financial future comes into question and at least this way he has “some” control.


Find a Trade Partner

This might seem like a far-fetched idea, but if the Texans could help facilitate a deal Schaub approves of it could work. The Texans could rework his deal (like above) for another team and give Schaub the chance to save money towards his deal. The Texans have to look at teams like the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders who might be looking for a capable starter for the short-term.

If Schaub hit’s the open market, he will be looked at nothing more than a back up and getting paid as a backup. The Texans could also send money to the possible team to help move him, comparable to what the Denver Broncos did to Tim Tebow when he was traded to the New York Jets in 2012. The free agent quarterback market is soft this season, with very few options available and Schaub will have some value compared to the potential free agent quarterback group.

The financials in a NFL trade can be a mess, and if Schaub does not want to redo his deal this option looks like the furthest possibility.


Designate Him As a Post June 1st Cut 

The unfortunate thing for the Texans is that NFL teams know they are in over their heads with Schaub and his contract. His remaining cap numbers compared to his recent level of play have all signs pointing to Schaub’s exit from Houston. The Texans would be eating $10.5 million of Schaub’s contract spread over a two-year period, if and when he is designated as June 1st cut.

If Schaub does not take a pay cut, the Texans will more than likely start the process of releases him so the team can start making moves for the upcoming season.


The Texans 2014 roster movement does not start until a decision is made, and it looks like that choice will come with dead money too. With Bill O’Brien era ready to start in Houston, the financials and play make Schaub look expendable. Plus with March 11th coming soon with the new league year, the decision on Schaub should be coming soon.


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7 Responses to “The Texans 2014 Plan Starts with Matt Schaub”
  1. cartooner says:

    I’m having trouble finding Schaub’s still-guaranteed $10.5 million. His extended contract was $62mil with $24.75 guaranteed. He was paid a $17.5 million signing bonus and he made $4,400,000 in base salary in ’12. In 2013, he made $7.25 mil in base (according to equaling $29.15 mil. total.
    That’s not counting $4.25 in bonus money from 2012. Where is this 10.5 million bucks still owed?

    • PDS says:

      He is guaranteed $3.5 million for the next three years, as part of his signing bonus.

      • Troy Chapman says:

        He’s already been paid all his guaranteed money. The $3.5 million is pro-rated bonus that still hits the cap. Also I don’t think they can spread the remaining dead money out over two years prior to June 1. If released with the June 1 designation, then they can spread over two years (not evenly of course). $3.5 year this year $7 mil next year. Would rather just take on the entire $10.5 mil this year.

    • PDS says:

      His base salary means zero on his bonus money moving forward concerning the Texans.

  2. Fordf250 says:

    How the hell do you people even know what he’s has been paid?

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