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Matt Schaub: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Free-Agent QB
Veteran signal-caller Matt Schaub remains a free agent, but the quarterback is one of the more viable backup options remaining on the market, and he could find a team sooner rather than later.
Schaub, 33, accumulated just 10 pass attempts last season with the Oakland Raiders as rookie Derek Carr's backup, completing five passes for 57 yards while throwing two interceptions. He was cut this offseason by the team.
Before joining the Raiders in 2014, Schaub spent seven years with the Houston Texans after he was traded to the team from the Atlanta Falcons before the 2007 season. In 88 starts with the Texans, he threw for 23,221 yards, 124 touchdowns and 78 interceptions while making the Pro Bowl twice.
While Schaub no longer appears to be an NFL starter, he's an experienced backup to have on the roster and could help to mentor a younger quarterback. As backup quarterbacks go, he's a solid option in the right system for a team that needs to add depth at the position.
Thirteen players have worn No. 56 in Raiders history, including the single-season sack leader in Raiders history, a two-time Super Bowl champ, and current linebacker Miles Burris. |
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Thirteen players have worn No. 56 in Raiders history, including the single-season sack leader in Raiders history, a two-time Super Bowl champ, and current linebacker Miles Burris.
Arch Matsos – LB – 1963-65
Matsos joined the Raiders after three years with Buffalo. He played in 40 regular season games and recorded 9 interceptions for 141 yards. He went on to play for Denver and San Diego.
Chip Oliver – LB – 1968-69
The Raiders selected Oliver in the 11th round of the 1968 NFL Draft out of USC. He played in 28 games with 16 starts and recorded one interception for 29 yards and a TD, and two fumble recoveries.
Warren Koegel – LB – 1971
The Raiders selected Koegel in the 3rd round of the 1971 NFL Draft out of Penn State. He played in one game for the Raiders. Koegel went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Jets.
Jeff Barnes – LB – 1977-87
The Raiders selected Barnes in the 5th round of the 1977 NFL Draft out of University of California, Berkeley. He played in 157 games with 13 starts and recorded 6.5 sacks (sacks became an official statistic in 1982), five interceptions for 30 yards and recovered eight fumbles. He was a member of the Raiders Super Bowl championship squads in 1980 and 1983.
Milt McColl – LB – 1988
McColl joined the Raiders after seven years with the 49ers. He played in 15 games for the Raiders in 1988.
Aundray Bruce – DE – 1992-94
Bruce joined the Raiders after four years with the Falcons. He played for the Raiders from 1992-98 and switched from No. 56 to No. 99 in 1995. In all, he played in 89 games with seven starts and recorded 16 sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
Pat Swilling – DE – 1995-96, 1998
Swilling joined the Raiders after seven years in New Orleans and two with Detroit. He played in 48 games with 32 starts and chalked up 21 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Swilling came back in 1998 after retiring after the ’96 season.
Sam Sword – LB – 1999
An undrafted free agent out of Michigan, Sword played in 10 games with five starts and tallied one sack and 16 solo tackles. He went on to play three years with the Indianapolis Colts.
Travian Smith – LB – 2002-04
The Raiders selected Smith in the 5th round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He wore No. 53 from 1998-2001 and No. 56 from 2002-04. He played in 84 games with 16 starts and recorded 8.5 sacks, one interception and three fumble recoveries.
Derrick Burgess – DE – 2005-08
Burgess joined the Raiders after three years with the Eagles. He played in 56 games with 52 starts and recorded 38.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumbles recoveries. He set the Raiders single-season sack record with 16 QB takedowns in 2005.
David Nixon – LB – 2009
An undrafted free agent out of BYU, Nixon played in three games with the Raiders. He went on to play for Houston and St. Louis.
Darryl Blackstock – LB – 2011
Blackstock joined the Raiders after three years with Arizona, one with Cincinnati and one in the UFL. He played in 16 games with one start.
Miles Burris – LB -2012-present
The Raiders selected Burris in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of San Diego State. He has played in 38 games with 31 starts, and has recorded 1.5 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and 142 solo tackles
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Raiders draft preview: 3 players Oakland could draft at No. 4
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by Ross Jones
The Oakland Raiders hold the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. In our continuing series, FOXSports.com takes a look at their roster post-free agency and delivers a plan of attack for the last day in April.
In an effort to restore the "Just win, baby" days of old, the Raiders welcome nine new players to Alameda via free agency and the Jack Del Rio era is in full swing.
After finishing with a 1-5 division record, sustaining a handful of injuries to key players and absorbing the biggest blowout in franchise history at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, 52-0, in Week 13, it couldn't come soon enough. The Raiders, though, have a couple building blocks as quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack showed flashes in their rookie seasons. Now, the front office must build around them.
Needing a boost in firepower, the Raiders should address a punchless running game and the wide receiver position. Carr threw nearly 600 times and wasn't helped out with any balance in the backfield. And while Latavius Murray showed signs, if he doesn't evolve into an every-down back, newly signed Trent Richardson can't be trusted, either.
Defensively, the Raiders could stand to add another qualified pass rusher.
By adding former Chiefs center Rodney Hudson, the Raiders were able to brace for the loss of Stefen Wisniewski. The four defensive ends on the team are Justin Tuck, Benson Mayowa, Shelby Harris and Denico Autry.
Positions of need: WR, RB and DE
Three options to consider
Kevin White, WR: White displayed blazing speed in the 40-yard dash and was ultra-productive during his senior season in Morgantown, hauling in 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. "I would love helping that organization get back to the top," White told FOXSports.com earlier this month. "A lot of guys would say they don't want to go there because they haven't won a lot, but I want to go there because I want to help turn the organization around."
Amari Cooper, WR: Some have projected White to have the higher ceiling than Cooper, but the former Alabama product is as polished as they come. Other than the single-season and career records Cooper set at Alabama, he has a unique skillset that translates immediately to the next level. The 6-foot, 211-pound target is a gifted route-runner, which allows him to get open, and has terrific ball skills.
Shane Ray, DE: You can never have too many impact defenders. Ray, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss. Ray plays with great burst and leverage and would immediately upgrade the Raiders' D.
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Scott Davis La Raiders Article Picks | Adrian Peterson Trade Rumors: Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals Options If Traded By Vikings Over Contract?
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The Minnesota Vikings want to keep Adrian Peterson for the 2015 season, but his agent said that it may not be in the "best interests" of his client to remain in Minnesota and if a trade happens, teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins could be potential landing spots.
The Vikings have been open about wanting Peterson to return this season and so far the running back and the team have not been able to agree on how that will happen. According to ESPN.com, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra went public this week, saying that it's not in Peterson's "best interests" to remain in Minnesota. Last season Peterson played in one game before being placed on the exempt list and he later was suspended, but that suspension was overturned on appeal.
The Vikings have said they have no plans to release Peterson this offseason and Dogra's comments may be a way of hitting back at that. ESPN.com writes that Peterson could be "digging in", as the team may want him to take a pay cut from his position high cap number of $15 million. Peterson is making $12.75 million this season and has over $40 million left on his contract and that could make him tough to trade. The Vikings had a solid season last year without Peterson, but team officials have been public about wanting him to return.
Teddy Bridgewater appears to be the real deal and having Peterson makes the Vikings better, but he may not want to return. USA Today reports that Peterson's player rep met with the Vikings on Monday and there is a chance that the two sides could come together again after meeting earlier this offseason. Dogra declined a dinner invite from GM Rick Spielman and he could be trying to generate trade interest for his client.
According to the MMQB, the Arizona Cardinals are interested in Peterson, but they are not willing to take on the $45 million left on his deal. Peter King writes that the team is willing to trade a "high draft" pick, but that the money on the deal makes the trade a "non-starter" for now. The Cardinals are in desperate need of some RB help after ranking 31st in the league in rushing yards per game last season. Peterson is one of the most productive backs in football and he is coming off of a strong 2013 season when he had 1266 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The previous year Peterson had over 2000 yards. The Cowboys and Raiders have been mentioned as potential landing spots, but Dallas appears to be out of it after signing Darren McFadden, while Oakland picked up Trent Richardson.
The situation likely boils down to money and also that Peterson said he felt "betrayed" with the way he was placed on the exempt list last season. Sources told ESPN that Peterson felt ambushed by the team and that he had wanted to play while working out his legal case in Texas. Sources also said to ESPN.com that Peterson and people close to him felt the move by the league and the team was in response to the Ray Rice situation and that is why he was pushed aside so hastily.
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