However, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt thinks O'Brien may look in another direction completely - trade for a quarterback he already knows.
O'Brien likes big QBs. I could see #Texans trying to trade w #Patriots for Ryan Mallett, going diff direction in draftThe Texans have made it known they are open to trading the top pick and teams like the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking for a quarterback.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 6, 2014
Could a deal get done?
It is simply a matter of time before Mallett moves on and the Pats could possibly wrangle a second-round draft pick in return which could work for both teams.