Report: Matt Schaub not leaving Texans 'anytime soon'


Are the Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns suddenly in a stare down over quarterback Matt Schaub?

Less than an hour after the Browns released Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell on Wednesday, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Schaub is a candidate to end up in Cleveland, where he would be reunited with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

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Minutes later, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported that the Texans are keeping Schaub "for a while." It's a reversal from six days ago, when McClain tweeted that he would be "stunned" if the team holds on to Schaub.

McClain also opined that Schaub is better than any quarterback who "was or is on the market" and that Schaub is "not going anywhere anytime soon."

Translation: With a vacancy at the top of the quarterback depth chart and no pressing salary-cap issues, the Texans are not in a hurry to do the Browns any favors. If they can wrangle a late-round draft pick out of the process, all the better.

The smart money is still on Schaub taking the field in a different uniform for the 2014 season opener.

Despite McClain's proclamation to the contrary, the 32-year-old is far from a lock to land a starting job wherever he lands. An abject disaster last year, Schaub hasn't played like a quarterback who trusts his arm since the middle of the 2012 season.

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