According to Tom Curran of CSN New England, the Houston Texans may be close to completing a trade with the New England Patriots for quarterback Ryan Mallett.
A source tells me Ryan Mallett to the Texans may soon be done.
— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) May 8, 2014
The Texans hold the first overall selection in tonight’s draft, and it’s highly unlikely they draft a quarterback. The team traded Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders this offseason, and have been looking to upgrade the quarterback position.
A deal sending Mallett to the Texans, while not done yet, would make a lot of sense. New Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was on the Patriots staff from 2007 to 2011, and Mallett was the team’s 2011 third round pick.
From the Patriots stand point, a trade of Mallett would allow them to select a new back up quarterback to groom until Tom Brady retires. Reports have suggested they have interest in Pitt QB Tom Savage, this is a move that could pay off in the long run, as Savage could learn under Brady’s tutelage until he’s ready to take over.
A potential Mallett trade to Houston would have ramifications for both the Texans and the Patriots. It would likely mean the Texans wouldn’t draft a quarterback, as they would have Mallett, and also TJ Yates and Case Keenum on the roster. It would mean the Patriots would likely draft a young quarterback at some point to succeed Brady, and it would mean the Texans likely found their franchise quarterback in Mallett; If it happens.