Matt Schaub

The Oakland Raiders picked up quarterback Matt Schaub on Friday (March 21) in a trade with the Houston Texans for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

The Texans chose to send the 32-year-old packing following a horrible 2013 season, in which he was benched in favor of back-up Case Keenum. This week, they had also signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal, so Schaub was expendable.

Despite the move, the QB says he’s ready for a fresh start. “A fresh start can do a lot of things for a player and a team and I’m one of those guys,” Schaub said. “Last year did not go as I had planned, given my prior nine years before that. I’m looking for a fresh start, I’m excited for the opportunity here.”

Raiders coach Dennis Allen has named Schaub the starter, following inconsistent performances from Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin last season. “The quarterback position is the most important position on the football field,” said Allen. “We feel very confident that Matt Schaub is the guy that can come in and lead this football team. And he’s proven that he can do it in this league.”

Schaub has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014.