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Patriots taking calls on Ryan Mallett’s availability

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With a draft class of quarterbacks that has been deemed uneven at best, the Patriots appear ready to add a name to the pool that might attract more interest.

According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe, the Patriots have fielded multiple calls for backup Ryan Mallett.

The Patriots drafted the damaged-goods Mallett in the third round of the 2011 Draft, but seem willing to move him.

With long-time proponent Mike Lombardi in Cleveland, the Browns will always be on the list of usual suspects, though there’s apparently interest from other teams as well.

The Patriots would have to add one to replace him, as Mike Kafka is the only other quarterback on the roster behind Tom Brady.

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57 Responses to “Patriots taking calls on Ryan Mallett’s availability”
  1. grpatriot says: Apr 25, 2013 11:51 AM

    Welcome to Cleveland!

  2. axltcu says: Apr 25, 2013 11:55 AM

    Seemed wacky when he was first drafted but if the Pats get anything more than one 3rd rounder out of him everyone on TV is going to being calling Belichick a genius again.

  3. joeytorontosucks says: Apr 25, 2013 11:56 AM

    Honestly I like this guy and was wondering about him these passing days what with the lack of elite talent this year in the draft for QB. Someone go get this kid

  4. hehateme2 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:57 AM

    He kinda looks like a white rapper wannbe? No?

  5. hockeyflow33 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    Wouldn’t the story be if they were refusing calls on Mallett?

    Also, the Pats have carried only two QBs before so it wouldn’t be too strange for them to do that

  6. brohamma says: Apr 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    I tweeted a proposed trade regarding Cleveland and New England to Peter King regarding this a few hours ago and have this in my mock.

    New England moves up to 6th by offering the 29th, Mallet and a conditional next year. New England then has a shot at Dion Jordan to play across from Jones, Star to pair with Big Vince or Tavon Austin catching passes from Brady.

  7. misterdreamer119 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:07 PM

    If the patsies wanna trade a guy especilly a QB, that means he sucks.
    Matt cassel remember chief fans?
    Booooo!

  8. mazblast says: Apr 25, 2013 12:07 PM

    An unproven backup who never plays. This is worthy of interest?

    Does anyone remember the last time The Great God Brady’s backup was traded, and how well that worked out for the team that got him?

  9. tedmurph says: Apr 25, 2013 12:08 PM

    Love to see the Pats get a 2nd for Mallett and draft TBray in the 3rd rnd. Bray has a cannon for an arm and is accurate, but needs coaching on footwork and decision making, which the Pats have time to do during Brady’s last few yrs as an elite QB.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 25, 2013 12:09 PM

    He’ll be available once he gets out of detox.

  11. rc33 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:11 PM

    He’s certainly got the physical tools and he’s been to a SB and and two AFC Championship Games in just two seasons. He may not have played but he practiced and prepped for them; nothing negative about experiencing all that.
    But at 24 or 25, can anyone honestly say he’s so much worse a prospect right now than Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib? And those guys will be first or early 2nd round picks. I mean, look at Locker and Gabbard, and those guys went 8th and 11th overall?
    Mallet’s had two years of exceptional coaching and has worked with and watched one of the best ever play his position. This guy is worth a 2nd round pick.

  12. osiris33 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:12 PM

    I’d take Mallett over any of the top guys in this draft, except maybe Barkley.

  13. 4t9er says: Apr 25, 2013 12:13 PM

    I remember when Lombardi suggested that the 49ers trade a 2nd for Brian Hoyer before the 2011 season, thank heavens he didn’t become our GM. I’ sure he will love to trade with belichick.

  14. sportsnut101 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    I would trade a 2nd for mallet as long as I get a 3rd with him

  15. clarencewhorley says: Apr 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    If Mallett was in the draft this year he would be the top pick in the draft.

    His two years at Arkansas, over 7200 yards, 62 TDs and 19 picks.

    And a CANNON of a arm and he is only 24.

    If Cleveland traded for him he would have a MONSTER year with Norv Turner

  16. osiris33 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:15 PM

    That would be the 27 TD’s, 7 Int’s, went to the Pro Bowl when he had some talent around him Matt Cassell, right misterdreamer119? Yeah, he really sucked.

  17. bigdaddy44 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    While Brady still has some years as one of the best QBs, would love to see a Herschel Walker type trade for him. Make Mallett the starter, tired of watching Brady choke in the playoffs since 2006. Mallett will be a decent starter someday, and would have a strong team around him. I can dream, but BB wouldn’t do it even if hell did freeze over!

  18. spedman24 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    Jets should trade for him

  19. jets4gold says: Apr 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    can I ask why he’s sp popular other than just being on the team.? its a joke how he hasn’t played a single game but people are so impressed with him. Rather nauseating

  20. jebdamone says: Apr 25, 2013 12:21 PM

    He’ll be available once he gets out of detox.
    **************************************
    yeah, except he is going into his third year in the league and has not been in even a sniff of trouble since he was drafted. i think his off-field issues were highly overblown as well as his speech and mannerisms.
    1) he was a college kid that smoked some pot and liked to have some drinks. how many college kids do that? 2) he is from the south and some people just talk like that. doesn’t make him stupid or lazy. if you watched any interviews with Mallet he knows football.
    i’m really interested to see what two years learning from brady and BB have done for Mallet. I think he is a great potential talent if behind an offensive line that gives him protection.
    I really wanted the vikes to draft him or Kap and was really bummed when we took ponder.

  21. broncobrewer says: Apr 25, 2013 12:24 PM

    The pats are like the eagles under Reid, they make the QBs look good, trade them away and they’re horrible. Think Hoyer, Cassel,

  22. wryly1 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:28 PM

    If Pats are ready to give up on a RD3 pick QB after two years trying to develop him, then anyone who offers anything for him should have their head examined.

  23. brohamma says: Apr 25, 2013 12:35 PM

    brohamma says:Apr 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    I tweeted a proposed trade regarding Cleveland and New England to Peter King regarding this a few hours ago and have this in my mock.

    New England moves up to 6th by offering the 29th, Mallet and a conditional next year. New England then has a shot at Dion Jordan to play across from Jones, Star to pair with Big Vince or Tavon Austin catching passes from Brady.
    =============================
    Hate all you want, but I did tweet this deal to Peter King over 7hrs ago now.

  24. j0esixpack says: Apr 25, 2013 12:36 PM

    It will be interesting to see what Mallet’s value is.

    When drafted he was projected as 1st round talent – but slid to to off field concerns. Now the off-field concerns are non-existent.

    If he were in this draft – minus off field concerns – he’d likely be the top QB selected. Plus he’s got actual NFL backup experience now.

  25. leo133074 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:39 PM

    They will get a 2nd for mallett then bilichick will whiff on yet another defensive back.

    When will someone call this guy out on busting on dbs every single year?

  26. 6ball says: Apr 25, 2013 12:40 PM

    .

    Other than a few odd snaps in garbage time, I don’t think anyone other than the Patriots have seen him play. He could be worth a #1 or a conditional 7th in 2016.

    .

  27. macdbeliever says: Apr 25, 2013 12:41 PM

    I think he’s kind of an a$$, but the kid will probably be a stud. Good trade possibility for Bill B. Mac can make an average QB look great in the NE system (fact) so no sense on passing up a big offer for Mallet at this point.

  28. denverwally says: Apr 25, 2013 12:43 PM

    When people call Mallett “unproven”, that also descirbes every QB coming out of college this season. Mallett had 1st round talent but questions about his character. The questions have been answered over the past 2 seasons and he has been studying under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. I would say this guy is much more pro-ready than any of the QB’s coming out of college. He has been operating a pro offense, reading pro defenses in practice, has very little wear and tear on the body, and had the biggest arm coming out of school 2 years ago. If these flawed QB’s coming out are worthy of a 1st-2nd-3rd rounder, then Mallett definitely is worthy.

  29. matt14gg says: Apr 25, 2013 12:45 PM

    “hockeyflow33″, I just spit my complimentary beverage all over the laptop on that one.

  30. asublimeday says: Apr 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    Mallet has the arm strength of three Matt Cassells. Not a relevant reference.

  31. dwnhillwhaler says: Apr 25, 2013 12:51 PM

    It amazes me how a guy that everyone passed up on at least twice, with one draft weak at QBs becomes a “commodity” Belichek has figured out the Andy Reid secret (There are coaches and GMs out there desperately trying to keep their job) that’s the genius that makes you the smartest coach in the NFL

  32. herewegobrowniesherewego says: Apr 25, 2013 12:53 PM

    Detox just to retox

  33. yukon672010 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:57 PM

    The Raiders got a 6th rd pick for Carson Palmer…and you guys think someone is going to pony up a 2nd or 3 rd for Mallet ? lol

    The kool aid is strong this morning….

  34. jonnydapat says: Apr 25, 2013 1:03 PM

    If Bill trades Ryan M. for anything less than a first rd. pick we as Pats fans will live to regret the mistake. Tommy boy’s Physical skills are fading fast, pre-snap he is still at the top of the league. Watch the tape and forget about the name on the back of the jersey, the eye in the sky never lies.

  35. tatatoothy says: Apr 25, 2013 1:04 PM

    I am still angry the Bills didn’t take this guy two years ago. He’s a talented QB

  36. tampamac says: Apr 25, 2013 1:06 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs give the Pats their 4th rounder back for Mallett. If memory serves me correctly, I recall hearing some rumblings a while ago of them reaching out to NE to check his availability. That’d be an upgrade(at least on potential) from Orlovsky at the backup QB and Freeman’s potential successor if he falters this season and is not re-signed.

  37. dws123 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:11 PM

    Ryan Mallet is fool’s gold

  38. zackattack006 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    Beli-cheat refuses to admit he made a mistake drafting Mallett…

    Let’s be honest, if it wasn’t because of Brady, Beli-cheat and the Patsies would’ve been just another team.

    Oh, and the cheating…

  39. rushmatic says: Apr 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    If so, Belichick does it again. Someone can use Mallett’s CANNON arm and football intelligence.

  40. albertmn says: Apr 25, 2013 1:16 PM

    brohamma says:
    Apr 25, 2013 12:35 PM
    brohamma says:Apr 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    I tweeted a proposed trade regarding Cleveland and New England to Peter King regarding this a few hours ago and have this in my mock.

    New England moves up to 6th by offering the 29th, Mallet and a conditional next year. New England then has a shot at Dion Jordan to play across from Jones, Star to pair with Big Vince or Tavon Austin catching passes from Brady.
    =============================
    Hate all you want, but I did tweet this deal to Peter King over 7hrs ago now.
    __________________________

    Even if you happened to guess right, why should any of us care? Anyone with an internet connection can tweet, and anyone can make a guess at a possible trade. Unless you received the tweet from Peter King or have other inside connections, you are just one random person guessing at a pie in the sky trade.

  41. phinfan says: Apr 25, 2013 1:21 PM

    Haha book it Nassib in low 1st to pats for the steal

  42. patfanken says: Apr 25, 2013 1:26 PM

    I think a more palatable deal for the Cleveland fans would be for them to trade their 5th round pick this year for Mallett, along with a conditional pick in the 2014 draft that could range from a 4th to a first depending on Mallet’s production, with a 2nd being most likely if he becomes the starter.

    The Pats fill a hole in their draft this year, and likely get a Friday pick next year. All for a guy who gave them decent value as a back up for a year.

  43. mannyicey says: Apr 25, 2013 1:32 PM

    Ryan Mallett, I believe; is the best quarterback in the draft. He possesses a rocket arm, he came from a Pro-Style offense and he’s been Tom Brady’s backup!

    If I needed a quarterback and little else, I would bow down to the Patriot’s genius and get my franchise QB.

  44. patriots420 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:37 PM

    I’d love to see him go to Cleveland in return for their 6 for Mallett and our 1st. As someone already posted we could go for a Tavon Austin or an impact player from day 1. We all know the pats are in win now mode which I’m kinda excited about.

    I’ve seen Austin in person 6 or 7 times and he still not get justice even with his high praise he is the epitamy of “game breaker” he has to always be accounted for, and to put him with our offense it would probably make the 07 offense look like last years Browns or Jets.

    Even if we could get another high 2 we can get a pair of receivers like woods/bailey/stills it could be just as good. We have done good drafting need positions in bunches, Gronk/Hernandez in 10 Rid/Vereen in 11. I have faith we will do what’s right for the team and to purue the only goal

  45. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:37 PM

    ‘wryly1 says:
    If Pats are ready to give up on a RD3 pick QB after two years trying to develop him, then anyone who offers anything for him should have their head examined.”
    ________________________

    I don’t think they’ve given up on Mallet at all.

    What I would guess is going on is that Belichik’s draft day moves and trades have finally caught up as the Pats only have 5 picks this year, the fewest the Pats have ever had during Belichick’s time here.

    Given that he’s often traded so that the Pats ended up with 10-12 picks so I’m sure he feels he need’s more to have a good draft. If they can trade Mallet for a 2nd or 3rd and grab a low round QB for the 3rd stringer I think the Pats would be very happy.

  46. introy says: Apr 25, 2013 1:38 PM

    Pats pickup Tebow as a hedge against injury and put him into a wildcat package.

  47. bigkountry24 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:41 PM

    jets4gold says:Apr 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    can I ask why he’s sp popular other than just being on the team.? its a joke how he hasn’t played a single game but people are so impressed with him. Rather nauseating

    ____________________________

    You are absolutely right Jets4gold…who really cares about what they do with Mallett! Thats all they can come up with?

  48. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 25, 2013 1:42 PM

    A belicose cokehead with a career completion rate of 25%, and a passer rating of less than ZERO point ONE.

    What dynasties are made of.

  49. whywerule says: Apr 25, 2013 1:44 PM

    broncobrewer says:
    Apr 25, 2013 12:24 PM
    The pats are like the eagles under Reid, they make the QBs look good, trade them away and they’re horrible. Think Hoyer, Cassel,

    I think the biggest concern on Mallett out of college was attitude. GMs probably feared another Leaf, so he dropped. But apparently his attitude and work ethic has been fine with the Pats. What’s he going to do; demand that he start ahead of Brady?

    On the other hand, few people had even heard of Cassel coming out of college as he backed up Palmer and Leinart at USC, and Hoyer was considered a good college QB but a longshot NFL prospect. The Pats released Hoyer, traded Cassel; and both are at least serviceable NFL backups which is far less horrible than the tens of millions of people who would love to play in the NFL and never will because we are truly horrible.

  50. homelanddefense says: Apr 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    jets4gold says: Apr 25, 2013 12:20 PM

    can I ask why he’s sp popular other than just being on the team.? its a joke how he hasn’t played a single game but people are so impressed with him. Rather nauseating
    _____________________________

    So how many of the QB’s in this years draft have more NFL snaps than Mallet? Oh yeah, thats right, they dont have any either….

  51. latchbeam says: Apr 25, 2013 2:05 PM

    Mallet looks like Danny Blaze!!!

  52. surfinbird1 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:06 PM

    Browns have called twice today to inquire about Mallett. Pats want a 2nd for him. The Browns don’t have a 2nd. It’s not over till it’s over.

  53. ampats says: Apr 25, 2013 2:18 PM

    The Patriots are not letting Mallett go for anything less than a 2 which I still think is too little. They can hang onto him in pre season and do a Matt Shaub/Matt Hassalbeck type trade to a ream that will need a QB.

    Brohamma,

    I posted that trade 2 months ago except with no conditional pick . Straight up Mallett +29 for Cleveland’s 6. It is well known Lombardi loves Mallett and anyone who saw G Smith in the Pinstripe Bowl knows this kid cannot handle the weather.

    Belichick is not going to give Mallett away with two years left on his contract. BB knows how to get value.

  54. EJ says: Apr 25, 2013 2:27 PM

    I don’t know about this…
    People are saying that he sat behind and watched one of the best QB’s in the game play, so he must be good right?
    Nope, I think it hindered his progress instead of helping it. Sitting behind Brady, Mallett knew there was no chance of him getting into the game, so he let himself get lazy and complacent.

    The last time a team took a Brady backup it didn’t work out.

  55. mobuccsfan says: Apr 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    I actually think the Browns are the most likely team in this scenario–however, yes there was talk about him and the Buccaneers. I don’t know-might be in the minority but I think it would be worth giving the 4th round pick back to NE. Mallett definitely would be a better option as a backup than Orlovsky; and if Freeman fails/regresses this season, Tampa could see what Mallett’s got. Could save them from having to draft a new franchise QB next year or the year after. Just my thoughts. Crazier things have happened. I’m just ready to see the draft. All this buzz, smoke and mirrors is enough already. Football season can’t return fast enough!

  56. jimache06197714 says: Apr 25, 2013 2:41 PM

    If you look at it logically(unlike some of the posters here):
    1. Projected 1st round, slipped to 3rd (character concerns), no wrongdoing since drafted
    2. 2 years of NFL experience under BB and TB( AFC Championship and SB trip, no to be overlooked i might add)
    3. 650k base salary in 2013(cheaper than any 1st or 2nd round picks this year).
    4. Good/Great college stats(cannon arm)

    Adding up all of the obove, one might conclude a 2nd round(or more) might to the trick .

  57. mobuccsfan says: Apr 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    And for the record–I also think it would be quite funny (highly unlikely) but funny if Patriots did make a Herschel Walker type trade with Tom Brady. You know there are two or three teams that would hop all over that–especially the ones who think Brady would get them to the playoffs/superbowl and save the coach and/or GM’s job. It would be funny because it would be shortsighted. While Brady is good (and I don’t even like the Patriots, but facts are facts) he is getting older and has lost a little bit, as one commenter said earlier in this thread. I think that type of trade would set back a franchise for years and years–hence why I would find it funny; as long as Tampa didn’t bite on such a trade.

    No way Pats trade him though, at least not this year. Strangely, I could see them trying to trade him next year…crazier things have happened.

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