The Oakland Raiders entered the 2014 NFL free agency period with the most money to spend in the league. As teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been overly active, Oakland has remained relatively quiet given the coffers available and the vast amount of needs. The quarterback position remains one of need for the Raiders, and it appears they have their eye on a few of the veterans available, especially Houston Texans veteran Matt Schaub.
Oakland currently has a muddled roster of quarterbacks, including Terrelle Pryor, Matt McGloin and veteran journeyman, Trent Edwards.
Schaub has not yet been released by the Texans, but that is widely considered to be a mere formality. Houston holds the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the consensus is that the franchise will use that pick to select one of this year’s college quarterbacks.
According to ESPN, the Raiders are looking at a variety of options under center. Jets signal caller, Mark Sanchez is drawing interest as are free agents Michael Vick and Josh Freeman.
None of these options should be very palatable to Raiders fans heading into 2014. Schaub appeared as if he forgot how to throw the football in 2013. Sanchez has been a mess during his time in New York. Freeman was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the regular season and made just one abysmal start for the Minnesota Vikings. Vick is on the downside of his career, and cannot be counted on to play an entire season.
Oakland should not use their cash surplus in the salary cap to overpay for one of these quarterbacks. The Raiders need to get their issues resolved with the most important position on the field before the team can seriously start to return to the prominence the franchise once had.