According to CSN New England’s Tom Curran, a deal “may soon be done” to send Mallett, a former fourth-round pick and the Patriots’ current backup, to the Texans.
A source tells me Ryan Mallett to the Texans may soon be done.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 8, 2014
As of the last month, the Patriots have been rumored to be targeting Pitt quarterback Tom Savage in the second round of the upcoming draft. With a young passer in their crosshairs, the idea began swirling that Mallett could soon find himself on the trade block. That now appears to be the case, as Mallett could soon be headed for Houston.
For those of you unfamiliar with Mallett, he’s spent the last three years as Tom Brady‘s backup in New England. During his time in the NFL, he’s thrown only four regular-season passes, but is still considered one of the top young backup quarterbacks in the league.
The Texans have been considered one the most quarterback-needy teams heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. They gave Case Keenum an opportunity to earn the starting job last season after Matt Schaub fell out of favor, but he failed to prove himself. Ryan Fitzpatrick was signed this offseason, but is nothing more than a veteran backup.
If the Texans were to acquire Mallett, they’d likely have to part with a third-round pick to get him. They were believed to have not been sold on any of the top quarterback prospects, and certainly weren’t willing to spend the first overall pick on a passer. If they don’t like their Day 2 options and think they can mold Mallett into a starter, this move makes plenty of sense.
We’ll see if these latest rumors bear any fruit, but it’s an intriguing scenario nonetheless. It’ll also make the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft all the more interesting.