Oakland Raiders Rumors: Matt McGloin Trade To Houston Texans Option As Derek Carr Starts Over Matt Schaub For 2014?

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May 19, 2014 11:52 AM EDT
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass while under against the Houston Texans during the first half at Reliant Stadium. (Photo : Reuters) "

The Oakland Raiders are coming into 2014 with big expectations and after drafting Derek Carr, the team could look to trade Matt McGloin to the Houston Texans and his old Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, as Carr could battle Matt Schaub for the starting quarterback job this summer and Reggie McKenzie may look at a trade as a way to boost the team for the future.

The Raiders signed McGloin as an undrafted free agent last year and they gave him an opportunity over rookie Tyler Wilson and he was also given chances over Matt Flynn, who the team traded for last year as well. McGloin and Terrelle Pryor split time for the Raiders last season and now Pryor is gone after a trade to Seattle, while McGloin remains on the team since he is more of the style of quarterback that Dennis Allen likes, but McKenzie could look to trade him at some point. The team has Carr now along with Schaub and Trent Edwards and those three could be on the depth chart heading into the summer depending on what they do with McGloin.

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The Raiders loved what they saw leading up to the draft from Carr and once they saw he would be there in the second round, McKenzie pulled the trigger. The team feels that Carr can be the QB of the future and that's what they were hoping with Flynn, McGloin and Pryor in the past. The team likes what they have in Matt Schaub for the short term and he could be the perfect bridge quarterback for Carr, as he was blamed too much for what happened in Houston last season. Schaub is a very good and competent QB and while he will battle with Carr in training camp, chances are that Dennis Allen and McKenzie want him in the starting role.

The McGloin move could come later and that depends on what the Texans ultimately decide to do. The team drafted Tom Savage and also has Case Keenum and Ryan Fitzpatrick and any of those names could be the starter, while McGloin could be an option if the team wants to trade. Reports had the Texans interested in a deal for Ryan Mallett with the Patriots and after New England drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round, those rumors only got more intense. The Patriots could still look to trade Mallett, who is coming into the final year of his contract and he could be a solid option for the Texans.

The team is coming off of a 2-14 season in Houston and O'Brien may like bringing in his old Penn State QB for a chance to start. Last season McGloin showed some flashes and while he didn't overtake the starting job into this season, he could net a draft pick for McKenzie to help build into the future. The team has a ton of young talent and McGloin comes in after playing in seven games last season and passing for over 1,500 yards and eight touchdowns with eight interceptions while splitting time with Pryor. Carr passed for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns last season with Fresno State and he could challenge to start.

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