When the Ravens signed Matt Schaub to to a $2 million contract, I for one was skeptical. After a failed stint with the Oakland Raiders, Schaub looked washed up, traumatized even. I wasn't convinced that Schaub was much of an upgrade from a seventh round rookie flier. But alas, it was a piece of mind signing. If Joe Flacco were to miss a snap for the first time in his career, I could rest easy knowing that an experienced veteran was backing up.
Rest easy, I did not. Instead, I was filled with nightmares consisting of many pick-sixes and overall offensive dysfunction. That of course became reality, as Schaub tossed two of his signature pick-sixes in each of his starts. In the end, he was replaced by Jimmy Clausen and Ryan Mallett of all people.
So what does that mean for the 34-year-old Schaub at the negotiating table this offseason?
Retirement. In all likelihood, Schaub's playing days in the NFL are done. Two teams tossed him a lifeline after his ugly exit from the Texans, and he ended up tossing pick-sixes for them. Schaub has little to no good tape to show for the past three seasons, meaning his agent's phone isn't likely to ring off the hook during free agency. As for the Ravens, they will likely retain the services of Ryan Mallett, who is under contract for the upcoming season.
It's the end of a troubled, yet once promising career for Schaub. He showcased great potential in Houston for a handful of seasons, but never seemed the same after his 2011 Lisfranc injury.