There has been a lot to talk about in the wake of the news that Tom Brady extended his contract with the Patriots, including some about what it means for Ryan Mallett that the Pats have secured their current starting quarterback through the 2017 season.
Some have suggested that the Patriots would take advantage of a soft quarterback market and try to trade Mallett for picks that could conceivably be used for another developmental quarterback to use behind Brady. That might turn out to be the case, but, according to a report from Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots aren’t actively trying to make it happen.
Howe reports that the Patriots might be willing to listen to offers, but that all is quiet on that front at the moment. With Mallett under contract until 2014 and no job opening in New England without a disastrous turn of events, there’s a good chance that will change.
They can’t make a trade for another couple of weeks, there’s plenty of time before the draft and the teams that might want to pull a trade off are still figuring out their options so urgency isn’t at a premium before February comes to an end.