Report: Texans’ interest in QB Ryan Mallett exaggerated, trade unlikely
The rumors were sparked by speculations surrounding the Texans’ take on their No.1 overall pick in this year’s draft. While many football pundits have predicted at the Texans will take a quarterback with their top pick the team can also go another way with this by drafting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is number one on many draft big boards, at the number one overall spot.
Still it’s no secret that after a dismal 2013 season and with quarterback Matt Schaub leaving, the team is in desperate need at quarterback. This is where the rumors kick in, with reports surfacing on Saturday indicating that the Texans are interested in orchestrating a potential trade for the Patriots’ backup signal caller.
Mallett also attracted interest from multiple teams last season. It remains a curious question whether the NFL team’s growing interest in Mallett is due his affiliation with Bill Belichick or on the basis of the hope that he may have picked up some tricks behind Tom Brady over the past three seasons. Regardless, Mallett’s potential future continues to make headlines.
But while the Texans-Mallett connection sounds good in theory – since Texans head coach Bill O’Brien knows Mallett from his days as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator – still it is unlikely to happen. The reasoning for this is the Texans aren’t going to make a player with zero starting experience their No.1 signal caller. In the four career games that Mallett has played for the Patriots, he has always been a replacement for Brady. A 2011 third-round pick, Mallett has only thrown a total of four career passes in regular season games, while completing one of them for 17 yards.
If the Texans are going after a franchise quarterback, they have a better shot at finding a long-term solution in the draft.
Moreover, its seems odd as to why any team will be willing to give the Patriots, say a second-round pick (as projected last offseason) to gain the rights to Mallett when his rookie contract will be up after the 2014 season anyway. Keeping that in mind, the Mallet’s immediate future more likely comprises of spending another year as Brady’s No.2, before hitting free agency in 2015.