Texans Trade For Patriots QB Ryan Mallett
The rumors of Ryan Mallett going to the Houston Texans have finally come to life. Unsatisfied with their shaky quarterback play, the Texans finally took the plunge and traded a future draft pick to the New England Patriots for the services of the 26-year old quarterback.
Initially a first round draft prospect, Mallett slid to the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft thanks to character concerns and the Pats wisely snatched him up. They likely were hoping to cash in on him for much more than a late-round pick (which is what they’ll be getting), but they at least got a few years out of Mallett as Tom Brady’s top backup and in the end didn’t give him up for nothing.
Mallett was made expendable after 2014 second round rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed a stellar preseason run. Mallett also looked good late in August, but overall was a little more shake. New England’s future likely resides in Garoppolo, so him performing well this early in the process clearly made the decision to part with Mallett (who is in the final year of his rookie deal) quite easy.
On the flip-side, this is a no-brainer for the Houston Texans, as well. All they had was journeyman passer Ryan Fitzpatrick, shaky backup Case Keenum and raw rookie Tom Savage. Fitzpatrick bottomed out in the preseason and while he may still start in week one, did not look to be the stable, reliable veteran the Texans thought they were getting.
Keenum flashed ability in 2013, but was mostly a ho-hum replacement level talent, while Savage simply isn’t advanced enough yet for the Texans to turn to. There is the chance that Fitzpatrick proves everyone wrong or that Savage ends up being their franchise passer, but this is still a move Houston absolutely had to make.
Mallett is free to go after the 2014 season, whether or not he pans out for the Texans. If he shows well and steals the starting gig from Fitzpatrick, Houston could try to lock him up before the season is over. That, or he could just be a solid stop-gap in between Savage taking over or Houston getting another high upside passer in next year’s draft.
For now, all we know is that Mallett is with the Texans and that could potentially be great news for Texans fans.
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