The Ryan Mallet saga may finally be over.
After trade rumors surrounding the Patriots backup quarterback started swirling since seemingly the day he was drafted, it looks like we may finally be close to having a trade partner.
The Houston Texans, led by former Patriots offensive coordinator, Bill O'Brien.
A source tells me Ryan Mallett to the Texans may soon be done.— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 8, 2014
Of course this is no guarantee quite yet, just looks like there is some traction here.
Mallet would make sense for the Texans given their need at quarterback, and O'Brien's familiarity with him from his days with the Patriots.
The Arkansas quarterback was one of the highest touted prospects heading into the 2011 draft, but slipped due to off-field concerns as he was arrested for public intoxication in 2009. Because, yeah, a college kid drunk in public...just crazy.
Anyway, he's been learning under Tom Brady the past three years but has gotten very little playing time. Still, the Pats have a strong track record of developing quarterbacks. Tom Brady being the prime example, but also others such as Matt Cassell and Brian Hoyer have shined in their limited opportunities. Though, ok, maybe Cassell turned out to not be so great, but he did lead the Chiefs to the playoffs that one year.
The Pats have reportedly been looking for a second round pick in exchange for Mallett (since they used a third on him). No word on what the details of the supposed deal would be yet.
For what it's worth:
From what I am gathering, Pats don't have anything going with the Texans on Mallett right now. We shall see— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 8, 2014