ATLANTA – The Falcons and quarterback Matt Schaub have agreed on a two-year extension.
Schaub has spent the past three seasons with the Falcons serving as Matt Ryan’s backup. He’s played in seven games and has completed six passes.
Where Schaub has proved to be the most valuable for the Falcons is his ability to serve as another pair of eyes for Ryan on the field and in the film room.
“Matt has a great understanding of our scheme and brings valuable experience to the position,” said Head Coach Dan Quinn.
Schaub has a wealth of experience in Atlanta’s wide-zone scheme having ran it for seven years in Houston under Gary Kubiak and Kyle Shanahan. He also worked with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp during that time.
Retaining Schaub allows the Falcons to keep some familiarity on offense, a unit that has underwent some change this offseason.
The Falcons hired Dirk Koetter to take over as offensive coordinator and also hired Mike Mularkey as tight ends coach. Both Koetter and Mularkey are in their second stints with the Falcons.
Schaub was originally drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft out of the University of Virginia. He’s played for the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens during his 15-year career and has thrown for 24, 887 yards and 133 touchdowns in 148 regular-season games.