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Raiders nearing trade for Matt Schaub, according to reports

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The Oakland Raiders have reportedly traded for QB Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans.

The Oakland Raiders are set to trade for former Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub, according to multiple reports. ESPN reports that the trade is for a late-round pick. The move comes after the Texans recently signed free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Via ESPN:

Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night.

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The Cleveland Browns had expressed some interest in Schaub, who could have been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Raiders wanted Schaub even more, according to a source.

The trade is expected to be completed soon, pending a physical, according to NFL Network.

The Texans have the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and are expected by many to be targeting a quarterback, which would make Schaub, a 10-year veteran, expendable.

The trade allows the Raiders draft flexibility. With Schaub in as a possible starter, the Raiders won't be forced to take a quarterback, though they could do anyway.

Silver and Black Pride recently conducted a poll on a possible Schaub trade.

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Read the Texans point of view on the pending trade here.