The Falcons should jump at the chance to trade Schaub to Cincinnati even for a late 2nd round pick.
Fact is, you can't predict the future, and Schaub's value may not go up. Remember Doug Johnson's career was looking totally up going into 2003, he got his chance and blew it. Is Schaub better than DJ? Yes, but that doesn't mean it's etched in stone that he can be a starting QB in this league. Recall that DJ played pretty well through the first 3 years of his career. As I've said there is a huge difference between being a fill-in starter and being a guy a team can count on for 16 games. Schaub has yet to win a game, and I hate to sound so negative because I think Schaub is a good player, but the fact is, there is no telling what is going to happen. Fact is, the 67th pick in the draft is still better value for the 90th overall pick. Trade him to Cincy where we get him out of the division.
Also, I think people are putting too much emphasis on getting a player as good or better than Schaub. The likelihood of that happening is very low people. Schaub is one of the best backup QBs in the NFL in terms of his current ability and upside.
Also, the Falcons QB situation is not a highly attractive job for the few backup guys that are out there that are better than Schaub. There is little to no upward mobility in Atlanta, at least for the next few years.
But that doesn't mean that we should stick with Schaub. THere are a number of potential backups that could do well in Atlanta. Having a passer rating of 99? A bit of a lofty expectation, but guys that can manage the game and put us in a sitch where we can win.
Frankly in my mind, any QB that is good enough to lead his team to the playoffs is good enough to be a backup in the NFL.
Tommy Maddox - he's a gambler that is a bit INT prone, but he can win football games and is a solid passer. Very likely to be dumped by Steelers.
TOny Banks - may be cut by Texans if Kubiak looks at other options. Has a winning record as a starter since leaving St. Louis.
Anthony Wright - mobile QB unlikely to be re-signed by Baltimore. Has shown he can win in relief, just needs to cut down on his mental mistakes.
Koy Detmer - may be let loose by Eagles. He's no stud, but he's shown that he can win in relief in the past.
Ken Dorsey - 49ers might dump him. I'm not enamored with him, but besides Rattay, he's proven to be the best option in San Fran over past 2 years, and has done a decent job in relief.
Sage Rosenfels - very Schaub-like in playing style. Up and coming, and maybe the Falcons can snag him for a year or two before he moves onto bigger and better things.
Jeff Blake - not a star, but is very capable coming off the bench.
Gus Frerotte/Jay Fiedler/Joey Harrington/Jeff Garcia - all could/should be available to sign. All will be looking for a chance to start somewhere, which means Atlanta will be low on their list. But if they are still unsigned come early to late April, they could settle on a backup job in Atlanta for at least a year.
I really like our chances with Wright and Blake. I'd love to get Harrington, but he would be the biggest longshot IMO of those guys on that list. Rosenfels would be my #2 option but again I think he's relatively a longshot. He'd return to Miami before coming to Atlanta.
The fact is, Schaub is not going to remain a Falcon much longer. Why not jump at the chance to get good value for him. And yes, a 2nd round pick is great value for a QB that only has 3 starts in his career.
IMHO, holding out for a better trade option is riskier than getting rid of Schaub.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.