Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Matt Schaub plans to retire from the NFL, team owner Arthur Blank said Monday.
The 39-year-old Schaub started only three games over the last six seasons but remained in the league as a knowledgeable reserve and mentor to younger players. He spent the past four seasons in Atlanta, where his career started in 2004 as a third-round pick out of Virginia.
In 155 games (93 starts), Schaub passed for 25,467 yards, 136 touchdowns and 91 interceptions. He also rushed for 353 yards and four touchdowns.
Schaub served as the Houston Texans’ primary starter from 2007-12. He is the Texans’ all-time leader with 23,221 passing yards, ahead of second-place Deshaun Watson (14,539). He also is the franchise leader with 124 passing touchdowns, ahead of Watson (104).