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5 Takeaways From Houston Texans’ Trade For Ryan Mallett

5 Takeaways From Houston Texans' Trade For Ryan Mallett

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After drafting Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of this year's NFL Draft, New England Patriots QB Ryan Mallett was on the trading block. After three months and four games of preseason action, the Patriots traded Mallett to the Houston Texans for a conditional seventh-round pick. Here are five takeaways from the deal.

5. The Trade Didn't Cost Much For Both Teams

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5. The Trade Didn't Cost Much For Both Teams

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For the Texans, trading a 2016 conditional seventh-round pick for Mallett doesn't amount to much. With Garoppolo's emergence this preseason, Mallett's trade value was extremely low, so getting at least something for him was good for New England. This is also Mallett's final year in his rookie contract, and the trade only cost New England $937,945 against the cap. In fact, the Patriots saved $776,976 in the trade.

4. There's No Guarantee Mallett Will Immediately Start For Houston

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4. There's No Guarantee Mallett Will Immediately Start For Houston

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Just because Mallett was in New England under Bill O'Brien doesn't mean that O'Brien will immediately start Mallett ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was given a two-year deal worth $7.5 million. Naming Mallett the starter right away will mean that Fitzpatrick's signing was a wasted move, and all the offseason work between Fitzpatrick and his receivers will have meant nothing.

3. Bill Belichick Did Bill O'Brien A Favor

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3. Bill Belichick Did Bill O'Brien A Favor

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Belichick did something similar to this when former Patriots GM Scott Pioli accepted the GM position in Kansas City. Belichick traded away one of his players (Mike Vrabel) for little to no compensation. O'Brien was an offensive coach when the Patriots selected Mallett in the 2011 NFL Draft, and given Mallett's familiarity with O'Brien, Belichick decided to give O'Brien a favor by trading Mallett for just a seventh-round pick.

2. The Texans Had No Confidence In Their Quarterbacks

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2. The Texans Had No Confidence In Their Quarterbacks

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The Texans' quarterbacks this preseason have not instilled much confidence heading into the regular season. With Mallett's arrival, he will now compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job, and rookie Tom Savage will continue to be a project. Case Keenum, who had several starts last season, was released after the trade.

1. Mallett Was Beaten Out By Jimmy Garoppolo

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1. Mallett Was Beaten Out By Jimmy Garoppolo

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Garoppolo obviously beat out Mallett in training camp to be the Patriots' backup quarterback. Mallett finished 14-of-26 passing (53.8 percent) for 161 yards and one touchdown with a quarterback rating of 85.6 in the preseason. Meanwhile, Garoppolo was 46-of-79 passing (58.2 percent) for 618 yards, with five touchdowns, one interception and a 99.0 quarterback rating.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.