HOUSTON -- As the Houston Texans continue to revamp the quarterback position, the organization will likely trade one of its young backup quarterbacks.
The team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year contract Thursday and subsequently traded the team’s previous starter, Matt Schaub, to the Oakland Raiders for a sixth-round draft pick. The Texans are also expected to select a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in May’s NFL draft.
These moves leave the status of Case Keenum and T.J. Yates with the Texans in doubt.
“Don’t expect the Schaub trade Friday to be the last move [Texans head coach Bill] O’Brien makes with his quarterbacks,” the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain wrote. “He has three — Fitzpatrick, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum — with starting experience.
“A rookie makes four, and that’s one too many when it comes to the final roster.”
Both Keenum and Yates are appealing backup options for other teams.
Each is 26 years old. Keenum threw nine touchdowns as opposed to six interceptions in eight starts last season. And Yates once led the Texans to organization’s first playoff win.
The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns are two likely suitors for either of the young signal callers.
Former Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is now the offensive coordinator with the Ravens. Baltimore could be interested a potential trade due to the quarterbacks’ familiarity with Kubiak’s scheme. Joe Flacco is clearly the starter for the Ravens, but either Keenum or Yates could displace Tyrod Taylor as the team’s No. 2 quarterback.
The Browns, meanwhile, still have plenty of uncertainty surrounding their quarterback position. Brian Hoyer only started three games last year before injuring an ACL. Alex Tanney, who was signed mid-season and never played in an NFL game, is the team’s only backup after Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell were released. Plus, Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan employs the same offense as the one Kubiak utilized in Houston.
Depth at the quarterback position is questionable all around the NFL. Keenum and Yates should be able to find a new home if the Texans are legitimately willing to trade them at a reasonable price.