The Houston Texans have acquired QB Ryan Mllett from the New England Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport (NFL.com).
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2014
Ryan Mallett, 26, is in the final year of his rookie contract.
The (now) former Patriots QB was 3rd on the team’s depth chart after the Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd round of this year’s NFL Draft. The Texans reportedly were in talks with the Patriots throughout the draft but were never able to agree on a deal.
Bringing in Mallett just a week before the season starts is an interesting move for the Texans. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the expected week 1 starter for the Texans, and Case Keenum and Tom Savage were expected to backup the veteran.
Bill O’Brien said just a few days ago that bringing in another quarterback was unlikely, and that adding another quarterback this close to the season is “very difficult”. However, Mallett should know O’Brien’s system pretty well making the transition a bit easier. Mallett played under O’Brien when O’Brien was the quarterbacks coach for the Patriots in 2011.
With Mallett on board, the Texans will likely cut one of their quarterbacks. Case Keenum is the most likely candidate after a rocky preseason.
The compensation for Mallett has yet to be announced, but I can’t imagine it is anything more than a 5th or 6th round conditional pick. UPDATE: Ian Rapoport (NFL.com) says the Patriots get a conditional 7th round pick in 2016 season.
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