Matt Schaub should be able to purchase as many Christmas gifts as he wants.
Even if he doesn’t play the Ravens’ final two games, Schaub is on pace to earn a $1 million contract bonus that will raise his pay to $3 million for the season.
Starting two games after Joe Flacco was injured, Schaub has been the quarterback for 140 of the team’s 994 offensive snaps, or 14 percent, according to Pro Football Focus. Schaub’s $1 million bonus kicks in if he plays at least 10 percent of the snaps in 2015. The Ravens are averaging 71 offensive snaps per game. If they average that over the final two games, Schaub still will have played in 12 percent of the snaps, even if seeing no action.
Therefore, the Ravens have no financial incentive to bench Schaub the final two games. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he had not decided who would start at quarterback Week 16 against the Steelers. Jimmy Clausen has started the last two games, Schaub backed up Clausen against the Chiefs, and the Ravens may decide to give newly-signed Ryan Mallett some action before the season ends.
However, even if he doesn’t play, it appears the Ravens will be showing Schaub that bonus money.