BOSTON (CBS) – Following his 2009 collegiate season for Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference, quarterback Ryan Mallett was considered one of the best quarterback prospects, but he chose to forgo entering the 2010 NFL Draft and return for his junior season.
Following his junior campaign, Mallett declared for the 2011 draft but fell to New England in the third round after character concerns and rumors of drug-use arose.
While with the Patriots Mallett has served as the backup to Tom Brady and, as a result, has seen very little playing time. Complicating matters, he’s also failed to deliver when being showcased in the preseason.
Now, Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie deal in an offseason where the Patriots could move him for a draft pick. The only problem is why would a team trade anything substantial for a player with just four career passes (1 for 4, 17 yards, 1 INT)?
Enter Bill O’Brien, the new head coach of the Houston Texans.
O’Brien served as the Patriots offensive coordinator during Mallett’s rookie year, and for a team with more issues than just quarterback, acquiring Mallett could save the Texans from using the first overall pick on that position.
Mallett also knows the system, plus he’s cheap.
If Houston really is interested, Andy Gresh has the solution to make it all work.
“If I’m the Texans and I want Mallett, my offer to the Patriots would be swapping second round picks, and [Houston] would go from the top of the second round to the bottom, with the Patriots shooting up to the top.”
Gresh’s proposed deal would also include a middle round pick in next year’s draft contingent upon Ryan Mallett’s playing time.
So the Patriots would go from pick #60 in the second round in this year’s draft to #33 overall, plus receive a fourth round pick that could become a third in the 2015 draft.
If you’re the Texans, you have the luxury of drafting Jadeveon Clowney first overall and acquiring a quarterback you might like, all while keeping a second round pick.
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