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The Raiders' search for a veteran quarterback may take some time. Their desire for a stopgap solution to a drafted quarterback has been well documented, with interest in three key players, among others.
Josh Freeman, Michael Vick and Houston’s Matt Schaub are high on a longer list of quarterbacks the Raiders are considering, but uncontrollable timelines will have an impact on whom they get and when they can acquire them.
According to Pro Football Talk, Vick plans to take his time choosing his next team, possibly until after the NFL draft in May. The mobile, dynamic playmaker is expected to draw significant interest, and wants to find the perfect opportunity to start in 2014 without much resistance.
Schaub’s rights belong to the Houston Texans, though they’re expected to cut him with a post-June 1 designation -- Houston can cut him prior to that date with proper classification -- to save roughly $10 million in salary cap space. The Raiders could have competition for Schaub if he becomes a free agent. He would be the most polished passer on the open market.
Freeman seems like a good match the Raiders could shore up immediately but, at just 26, he may want to find a spot to become a long-term starter. But, given recent playing struggles and character issues, Freeman could jump at the chance to reunite with Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who tutored him well in Tampa.
If the Raiders favor Schaub or Vick, Freeman may sign with another team beforehand, presenting risks to playing the waiting game on veteran quarterbacks.