Well, it's the draft, and the Patriots are trying to acquire more picks.
So, after locking up Tom Brady long-term, why not try to cash in for the QB prospect they spent a third round pick on two years ago?
Ryan Mallet is on the trade block, and the Patriots are looking for either a second or first round pick. With a draft that's been touted as one of the worst for QBs in many years, they just might be able to convince someone to do that.
Multiple teams have called the Patriots this week about a potential trade for backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, according to three league sources.
Whether the Patriots will trade the 2011 third-round pick is the question. But all three sources said the odds are slightly stronger that Mallett is dealt than kept by the Patriots.
The Browns are the obvious name, as Michael Lombardi praised Mallet in his role as an NFL Analyst. Bedard also reports that Lombardi played a role in convincing Belichick to select Mallet in the first place. He's now making the personnel decisions over in Cleveland. The only problem is the Browns don't have a second round pick, but their third rounder is higher than the Pats.
If New England is going to deal their back up quarterback, it would likely happen sometime in the next couple days.