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CSN Bay Area believes Matt Schaub will start the entire season "if all goes according to plan."

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Speaking after Tuesday's OTAs session, Raiders coach Dennis Allen called Matt Schaub a "top-10 quarterback."

There's talking up your players, and then there's calling someone benched for Case Keenum a "top-10 quarterback." According to reporter Vittorio Tafur, Schaub was "adequate" in Tuesday's practice, but tossed a pick six to DE Justin Tuck. Schaub is a player in severe decline. There's little reason to expect that to change in Oakland.

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Matt Schaub believes he can have a "Philip Rivers-style rebirth" with added responsibilities at the line of scrimmage in Oakland.

Compensating for decreased arm strength, Chargers HC Mike McCoy turned Rivers around by essentially letting him become Peyton Manning at the line of scrimmage, dissecting defenses before the snap of the ball and installing a quick-hitting pass game that emphasized Rivers' accuracy rather than his downfield ball. Schaub was rarely given that freedom under Gary Kubiak in Houston. We're skeptical Schaub will turn his career around as a 33-year-old on the talent-deficient Raiders, but do expect him to be an upgrade on Flying Matts Flynn and McGloin.

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According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, it would take something "catastrophic" for Derek Carr to start this season.

It's May, so virtually every rookie quarterback is getting told he's a backup. But once the Raiders get an up-close look at starter Matt Schaub in game action, we suspect something "catastrophic" could happen. Schaub, now 33, is coming off a season that saw him set a new record for most pick-sixes in a season and get benched in favor of Case Keenum.

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Matt Schaub's restructured contract contains no guaranteed money beyond 2014.

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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie insists Matt Schaub isn't a stop-gap option at quarterback.

Astonishingly, McKenzie also claimed he didn't see anything alarming when studying Schaub's 2013 film. "You just look at the tape and you see the talent," McKenzie said. "He had some good plays last year. Take away some of the bad throws, and he looked alright." We'd counter that any quarterback will look "alright" if you ignore their bad throws. Schaub is the Raiders' plan, and they're sticking to it.

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Matt Schaub has agreed to a restructured contract with the Raiders that will pay him $15-20 million over the next two seasons.

Schaub's old deal would've paid out $24.5 million over 2014 and 2015. The fine print isn't in on Schaub's new contract, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports it will lower his base salary and salary cap number for 2014. The Raiders now have Jake Delhomme Schaub signed for at least his age-33 and 34 seasons.

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Raiders coach Dennis Allen expressed confidence new QB Matt Schaub would be Oakland's starting quarterback for several seasons.

Allen also said the Schaub signing means the Raiders do not have to get a quarterback in the draft. Oakland is putting a lot of faith into a player benched in favor of Case Keenum last season. Hopefully someone in the organization realizes Schaub is not the long or even short-term answer at quarterback before it is too late.

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Raiders acquired QB Matt Schaub from the Texans in exchange for a 2014 sixth-round draft pick.

Same story, different year. The Raiders have now traded for Carson Palmer, Matt Flynn, and Schaub over the last four years, none remotely a long-term solution or even a viable short-term fix. Schaub, 33 in June, was benched for Case Keenum in Houston last year and has a 16:20 TD-to-INT ratio since Thanksgiving of 2012. The fact that any team -- let alone a Raiders squad that should be holding onto draft picks with a vice grip -- gave up compensation for this player is utterly incomprehensible. Schaub has a $10 million base salary plus $1 million in per-game roster bonuses due in 2014. He's a lock to open the season as Oakland's starting quarterback, regardless of what happens at the No. 5 overall pick. This trade was a job well done by Texans GM Rick Smith.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Texans are expected to trade Matt Schaub to the Raiders for a late-round pick in the 2014 draft.

Oakland will take on Schaub's $11 million, which makes him the heavy favorite to start Week 1. GM Reggie McKenzie has been rumored to be hot on Schaub's tail for a while now. He had to forfeit the draft pick because the Browns were also going to make a push for the soon-to-be 33-year-old had he been released. With Schaub now in the fold, the Raiders have options with the No. 5 overall pick in May. The Texans save nearly $4 million in cap space.