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Report: Oakland Raiders want Matt Schaub ... or Mark Sanchez as fallback

Relax, Oakland Raiders fans: Your team has a plan.

According to's Paul Gutierrez, the Raiders have a veteran quarterback totem pole preference — and it has the Houston Texans' Matt Schaub on top, followed by the New York Jets' Mark Sanchez.

Feel better?

Here's the funny part: Neither one of those widely-rumored-to-be-cut quarterbacks is yet on the market. The Texans have held onto Schaub, in part, because of rumors that there might be a few teams interested in his services.

Guess who.

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If the Raiders somehow were dumb enough to give up anything significant for either guy, it seriously would be grounds for dismissal for GM Reggie McKenzie (at least in our minds). That would just be a spendthrift waste of resources, something the Raiders excel at. Short of landing either Schaub or Sanchez, the Raiders have TWO MORE veteran options — Josh Freeman and Michael Vick. Pulse quickening over there yet?

Look, there's no way to mince words with this ... the Raiders have botched this entire offseason. From the not  franchise tagging Jared Veldheer to the Rodger Saffold debacle to the letting their best four free agents get away for nada, and now to this.

Who knows? Maybe the signings of LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith actually are an upgrade for a year over last year's D-line. But is this any kind of long-term solution? Austin Howard might solve right tackle, but what about the left side? Tarell Brown was not a noticeable improvement over Tracy Porter, who left.

But the biggest hole is at quarterback. If there's an indication it might be that none of the first-round QB possibilities in the draft excite the team, and they'll go with a safer pick, such as an offensive lineman or Clemson WR Sammy Watkins. That's respectable. But it's not something that Raiders fans should salivate about when they think about who might end up playing quarterback.

Assuming they land either Schaub or Sanchez, then there's the question of what to do with Terrelle Pryor, McGloin and Trent Edwards, and then the team will have to figure out if it will draft a quarterback at all after that. Maybe a Schaub-for-McGloin trade wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but it wouldn't solve any long-term issues.

Yuck. What a brutal offseason, one that actually began with so much promise. It's hard to remember, even though that really only was one week ago.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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