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Texans’ interest in Ryan Mallett appears minimal to nonexistent

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The talk that the Texans are interested in trading with the Patriots to acquire quarterback Ryan Mallett appears to be just talk.

In fact, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that there’s not even any reason to talk about it. McClain reports that the Texans “won’t be trading for Ryan Mallett,” period.

It sounds good in theory: New Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was the Patriots’ offensive coordinator for Mallett’s rookie season, so O’Brien knows what kind of player Mallett is, and Mallett knows what kind of offense O’Brien runs. That’s the case for the Texans making the trade.

The case against it is that Mallett has completed a grand total of one pass in an NFL regular-season game. If the Texans are going to make a quarterback with no experience their starter, it’s going to be a rookie they’re drafting as their long-term answer. Not a third-year backup who only has one year left on his rookie contract.

The most likely path for Mallett is spending one more year as Tom Brady’s backup and then hitting free agency a year from now. The most likely path for the Texans is acquiring their quarterback of the future in the draft.

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30 Responses to “Texans’ interest in Ryan Mallett appears minimal to nonexistent”
  1. revren10 says: Mar 9, 2014 12:06 PM

    Patriots should try to get a 5th round pick for mallet. That’s about the best they could do

  2. contract says: Mar 9, 2014 12:19 PM

    Tom Brady will be 37 years old this season. It makes no sense for the Patriots to trade Ryan Mallett unless they’ve concluded that he’ll never be a starting caliber QB.

  3. uwsptke says: Mar 9, 2014 12:21 PM

    Texans could try for Hoyer, or just wait a year for Mallet.

  4. therooneyskilledwebster says: Mar 9, 2014 12:25 PM

    Ryan Mallett would immediately be the greatest QB in the tragic history of the Minnesota Vikings.

  5. beckzhere says: Mar 9, 2014 12:33 PM

    I’d like to see how well he plays. Kind of a shame he got drafted to ride the benches.

  6. jasonatomic says: Mar 9, 2014 12:38 PM

    Teams will have very little interest in Mallet because they would have to sign him to a contract at something approaching a starter-value salary. I’m thinking they would rather just draft a mid-round QB and get him for cheap on a rookie contract.

  7. ez4u2sa says: Mar 9, 2014 12:39 PM

    The Patriots will hold to Mallet until the right time to move him. Despite his lack of experience, he’s a sound backup for Brady. Since Brady will be around for at least another three years, it’s possible they could move Mallet in a trade and then draft another quarterback to develop.

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 9, 2014 12:42 PM

    The fact that it sounds good in theory is the only reason anyone is talking about it. Someone made it up, quite possibly Mallet’s agent, and a bunch of media people ran with it because, well, it sounded good in theory.

  9. lgw91s says: Mar 9, 2014 12:43 PM

    Why trade him at all? Need a backup, shouldn’t it be someone who has known the playbook for 3 years? He won’t be demanding big dollars in free agency next year. Simply resign him .

  10. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says: Mar 9, 2014 12:51 PM

    Mallett is yet another Pats draft bust, of which are painfully too many to recount. We better just pray Tom continues to stay healthy as there is no Plan B.

  11. 1historian says: Mar 9, 2014 12:52 PM

    We’ll see. Interesting thing to watch.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 9, 2014 1:06 PM

    I thought Matt Schaub was the QB of the future? He does have 3 more years under contract and the team hasn’t done anything to alter that arrangement. Not to mention they still have Yates and Keenum. This QB group seems to be awfully crowded at the moment, why go after a 4th QB when you already have 3 that you are enamored with?

    And what is the right time to trade Mallett? Normally when you defer one year you are supposed to get more value, but this was a 3rd round pick spent a long time ago and they think they are going to trade him for a profit? What about all that time they could have used a 3rd round pick on the field? A really good draft pick would have been to find somebody they could have used during that time and traded for more than what they paid in draft price. But they couldn’t even get any usage value whatsoever out of this one.

    Neither of these teams are doing a swell job with managing their QB rosters.

  13. bworacle says: Mar 9, 2014 1:06 PM

    Clowney/Mallett would be Mario/Schaub 2.0. Hopefully, the Texans have learned from past mistakes. The only QB Mallett could beat out to make an NFL roster was Tim Tebow.

  14. jagsfan1 says: Mar 9, 2014 1:30 PM

    Can any of you (recent 2 time Super Bowl losers…recent AFC Championship game losers)Pats fans put your spin on this to come up with more “Belichick is a genius” slop?

    Regards,

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 9, 2014 1:46 PM

    Oh well, another couple of years of not playing and his value will be through the roof.

  16. keltictim says: Mar 9, 2014 1:51 PM

    Since the article clearly states Ryan’s pro career consists of one pass, how do any of you armchair GMs know what he can or can’t do? The fact that the pats have held onto him for three years speaks volumes to me. If they didn’t see him as a viable replacement should Tom go down, why keep him around? You can talk all the trash you want about the pats but facts are facts, they are the only team in the parity era to fight for a title year in year out. Clearly they know something about what they are doing.

  17. surfinbird1 says: Mar 9, 2014 2:19 PM

    Bet he’s gonna be better than all those ????? goin in the first round this year. I can think of a lot of teams that should have gone after him last year.

  18. htowntexansred says: Mar 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles, a trade for Mallet, or Hoyer not going to send Texans to a Super Bowl in Bill O’Brien’s first year as head coach.

    I’m a true Texans fan, but also a realist. I’m not about to build my hopes and dreams up for the upcoming season. Look what Chip Kelly did when he was hired as first time NFL head coach for the Eagles. Eagles went 8-8, no playoffs. Second year, NFC South Divison Champions and postseason.

    Bob McNair said this is not a rebuilding stage. Really? You hired a coach that has zero experience as a NFL head coach, then hired the entire coaching staff from Penn State. The best hire they made was Romeo Correll.

    2014 Texans season prediction: 7-9 or 8-8

  19. afce22 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:14 PM

    the guy is free to leave next year, right?

    so much for those dreams of the league being stupid enough to cough up a 1st rounder for him just because he spent a couple seasons on the pine in Foxboro

  20. idothis2 says: Mar 9, 2014 3:15 PM

    Pats only want to trade Mallet because he hired Aaron Hernandez as his agent. Aaron Hernanadez negotiating style brought Bellichick to his knees once already. cha ching….

  21. tcstunner says: Mar 9, 2014 3:23 PM

    So trading a 2nd-4th round pick for Mallet is bad because he’s thrown no NFL passes. Yet using a 1st round pick on Bridgewater, Manziel or Bortles is good, because they’ve thrown no passes. Huh? I’d rather trade a 2nd-4th and get a QB who has had 3 years of seasoning under 2 of the best in the NFL.

  22. lifeimitatesfootball says: Mar 9, 2014 3:53 PM

    He was a bit arrogant coming out of college but being stuck behind Brady (best QB in NFL IMHO…screw Peyton Manning) for 3 years I kinda feel sorry for him…that 2011 QB class has had some strange stuff happen to them. I say Mallett stays with Pats until his rookie deal runs out, then some team picks him up simply because he’s been mentored by Brady.

    Hope Texans draft Manziel…love the Aggies and my daughter-in-law is a Texans fan (and she’s an Aggie)

  23. vaphinfan says: Mar 9, 2014 4:45 PM

    The patriots were willing to trade Mallet last year for a first round pick. That shows you what they think of Mallet. Hes not a franchise qb apparently.

  24. pftfan says: Mar 9, 2014 4:49 PM

    Stud trade piece Ryan Mallett, he of the 4 career pass attemps (1 completion, 1 INT) in 3NFL seasons.

    Can’t see why teams aren’t trading their whole draft boards for this kid. Just think how much he learned high-fiving Brady on the sidelines after each touchdown!

  25. theclink12 says: Mar 9, 2014 4:55 PM

    Ryan Mallett is overrated.

  26. tcstunner says: Mar 9, 2014 7:50 PM

    Most “experts” have said Mallet would be the 1st QB taken in this draft. Who cares if he hasn’t thrown any NFL passes. Neither have Bridgewater, Manziel or Bortles. The difference is Mallet has had 3 years of learning the trade being tutored by Brady and Belichek. I don’t get how that’s not more appealing than a complete rookie. People act like sitting behind Brady hurt his value. I say it increased it. Ask Rodgers if sitting behind Favre for a few years was a bad thing.

  27. der6495 says: Mar 9, 2014 10:06 PM

    Look what Chip Kelly did when he was hired as first time NFL head coach for the Eagles. Eagles went 8-8, no playoffs. Second year, NFC South Divison Champions and postseason.

    —————-

    Pretty sure Chip has only been the head coach for 1 season.

  28. houtxfan4053 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:45 AM

    der6495 says:
    Mar 9, 2014 10:06 PM

    Look what Chip Kelly did when he was hired as first time NFL head coach for the Eagles. Eagles went 8-8, no playoffs. Second year, NFC South Divison Champions and postseason.

    —————-

    Pretty sure Chip has only been the head coach for 1 season.

    _ _ _ _ _

    Pretty sure the Philadelphia Eagles don’t play in the NFC South.

  29. bushwoodcc says: Mar 10, 2014 9:42 AM

    htowntexansred says: Mar 9, 2014 2:56 PM

    I’m a true Texans fan, but also a realist. I’m not about to build my hopes and dreams up for the upcoming season. Look what Chip Kelly did when he was hired as first time NFL head coach for the Eagles. Eagles went 8-8, no playoffs. Second year, NFC South Divison Champions and postseason.

    ____________________________
    der6495 says: Mar 9, 2014 10:06 PM

    Pretty sure Chip has only been the head coach for 1 season.
    ______________________________

    Not only was it Chip’s first season as HC of the Eagles, I’m pretty sure the Eagles are in the NFC East. Makes me wonder how you can call yourself a realist.

  30. evansvc says: Mar 10, 2014 7:27 PM

    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…

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