Appearing on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access”, Ian Rapoport said there still appears to be mutual interest between the two parties in a deal sending Mallett to the Texans.
There has been a lot of flip-flopping amongst sources regarding Ryan Mallett and the Houston Texans. Before the 2014 NFL Draft, multiple sources said the Texans and Patriots had discussed a potential Mallett deal. The Texans front office denied such reports, saying the team hasn’t been in discussion with the Patriots.
A trade makes even more sense after the 2014 NFL Draft when the Patriots drafted QB Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.
Mallett, 25, has thrown for just 17 yards in his three seasons as Tom Brady’s backup. The obvious connection between Mallett and the Texans is new head coach Bill O’Brien. O’Brien was the Patriots offensive coordinator and helped coach Mallett in New England.Rapoport notes that May 27th is a key date to keep an eye on. The Patriots began OTA’s on the 27th, and it’s unlikely they would risk a Mallett injury if they plan on trading him.
Mallett has just one year remaining on his contract and is expected to sign an extension if a trade were to happen. A conditional day two or three pick would likely be headed to New England.
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