The Houston Chronicle reported Houston Texans HC Gary Kubiak let it be known that backup QB Sage Rosenfels will be staying put in 2008. Kubiak assured Texans fans that Rosenfels will not be traded after trade rumors arose after the Texans signed QB Quinn Gray on Monday.
“I know what people are saying, but signing Quinn has absolutely nothing to do with it,” Kubiak said about acquiring Gray and Rosenfels trade rumors. “I’ve been a two-quarterback type of guy, but what happened to us last season scared the heck out of me, and I don’t want to go through that again.”
Last season, the Texans’ starting QB Matt Schaub left many games and eventually became unavailable to play in the last 5 games of the season. Rosenfels took over from then without a suitable backup. Behind the scenes, GM Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak were filtering backup quarterbacks in case Rosenfels went down. Throughout last season, the Texans signed two extra quarterbacks who’s only NFL experience were backing up quarterbacks.
In the case of Gray, the suitable backup QB voids any future “scare” for Kubiak and the Texans if Schaub and Rosie stay healthy. Gray’s $645,000 contract is a reasonable third-string quarterback contract filling the Smith and Kubiak’s desire to go into the 2008 season with three experienced quarterbacks.