Report: Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Houston

AP

One week before their regular season opener, the Texans have acquired a quarterback to whom they’ve long been linked.

The Patriots have traded backup Ryan Mallett to Houston, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Sunday.

According to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com, the Texans will give up a sixth-round pick for Mallett.

In Houston, Mallett will work again with Bill O’Brien, the former Patriots offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who’s now the Texans’ head coach.

For New England, the move makes rookie Jimmy Garoppolo the only backup to starter Tom Brady.

The focus now turns to whether Mallett can overtake Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Texans’ starting job. The trade could also potentially lead to another roster move for Houston, which now has four quarterbacks. Were a quarterback to be moved, third-year pro Case Keenum would seem to be the prime candidate.

A 2011 third-round pick from Arkansas, the 26-year-old Mallett has appeared in four regular season games, all as a reserve. He is in the final year of his contract. Whether the Texans will extend his deal or let him play out 2014 under his current contract is another storyline to watch.

139 responses to “Report: Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Houston

  1. My friends in Houston swore that this would never happen. I should have bet and would have made a mint.

  2. The fact that Belichick has planted his minions all around the league and continues to take advantage of all of them blows my mind.

  3. Belichick wins again in NFL’s version of ‘Chicken’.

    O’Brien takes one last look at his quarterback depth chart (Fitzpatrick? Keenum?) and curses before making the call.

  4. Yes, I called this MONTHS ago, and was repeatedly told it wouldn’t happen. Albeit, by fans of other teams than The Patriots. I just gave myself an atta boy! Here we go, my fellow Patriot fans! Yeehaw!!!

  5. The beginning of the complete Mallett washout has begun. Witness Act II, where a change of scenery fails to make him an NFL QB.

    His archaic crane delivery, crumbling under the slightest duress in the pocket and woeful (lack of) ability with the game on the line will only be further exposed.

    When Bobby Petrino next produces a successful NFL QB, it will be the first one.

  6. Pats spent a third round pick on a bust statue QB and dumped him to the QB needy Texans for a sixth round pick and it’so the Pats that are geniuses? Stop it, homers, you took a 3 and turned it into a 6, the gamble failed big time.

  7. I don’t get the hype behind this guy. People are so thirsty for New England’s leftovers. Look at Matt Castle, he sux. Mallet (what kind of name is that) has shown absolutely nothing.

    Too bad O’brian wasn’t interested in getting a QB on draft day… a real QB… not some 4th round slow guy.

  8. Not really gonna praise BB here, he ended up turning a 3rd rounder into a 6th but still better than nothing I guess. Not sure why Houston didn’t just try and wait the Pats out. If it’s a conditional pick then it’s a different story though.

  9. allhailkingflacco says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:40 PM
    I hate the Patriots & The Hoody but damn, they are good when it comes to wheelin & dealin.

    It’s only a 6th round pick. How is that so good?

  10. Overall good deal for both teams: Houston gets a big-armed QB to try to develop in their system. NE functionally swapped a 3rd round pick (Mallett) for a 6th round pick and three years of a cheap and solid backup QB.

    Good luck to Mallett in his new home.

  11. Smart move by the Texans to wait instead of offering the 3rd round pick the Patriots wanted before the draft. Who knows if Mallet will be the future QB, but he should surplant Fitzpatrick and make their season more interesting.

  12. They used a third-round pick on him (And he only attempted four passes as a Patriot) and got a sixth-round pick in return.

    That didn’t really turn out well.

  13. I hate the Patriots & The Hoody but damn, they are good when it comes to wheelin & dealin.
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    What is with you people? They only got a 6th round for him and he was drafted in round 3. Still, Belichick is the genius? O’brien called Belichicks bluff.

  14. bonnovi says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:58 PM
    They used a third-round pick on him (And he only attempted four passes as a Patriot) and got a sixth-round pick in return.

    That didn’t really turn out well.

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    How much was his cap charge in New England? Now tell me how much backup QBs are going for on the open market. And then tell me you’re a moron for saying they got nothing out of this.

  15. They needed to do something. Mallet makes sense.

    If he can keep his nose clean, which seems to have been the case up in NE, then he has a shot.

    Would not surprise me to see him starting in a few weeks. Maybe sooner, but I’ll error on the side of them wanting to give Fitzpatrick a try while Mallet learns the offense, the verbiage, calls, etc.

    But since he knows Bill O’Brien, and surely has familiarity with his offense, the process should be quicker.

  16. 3rd rounder invested get a 6th in return? Genius? Yeah ok keep sippin the kool aid pats fans lololol

  17. Why you all giving the pats props? All they could get for a third rd pick tutored 4 years under the best qb of all time was a 6th rder? Yeah, mallett must be great

  18. Remind me AGAIN, patriot fan, how trading a 3rd round pick for a sixth round pick is such an awesome move? Quit drinking the Kool aid. Looks like belichick is fleecing YOU.

  19. pastabelly101 says:
    Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM
    Mallet, Cassel, and Hoyer starting qbs–hate on haters

    And that’s why those are 3 of the worst teams in the league

  20. No, the Pats did not “trade a 3rd round pick for a 6th round pick”

    They got 3 years of backup/play out of a 3rd round pick and then traded him for a 6th, big difference.

    So please Pats haters, I know it makes you feel better to belittle Belichick but making it sound like he outright traded a 3rd for a 6th rounder is ridiculous.

  21. It’s “good” because they had a competent backup for three years. Don’t just analyze the trade from today and going forward. SMH

  22. Just more cap money to sign Revis long term. They dump a declining offensive lineman and a QB that was never going to play for 7.5 in cap space, a move tight end and a 4th and 6th pick. Tell me who won that game?

  23. Great job Patriots, a 6th round pick for a 3rd round pick originaly. Lol

    The team is not that talented it can afford to spend high picks on QBs while Tom Brady is still playing at a high level. Mallet and Garapolo are nothing but slaps on the face of Brady who needs better playmakers around him to win another superbowl.

    This organization is so full of itself. No need to keep good players, no need to draft good players at certain positions. Tom will make it all work and when Tom is too old Bill will turn the next nobody QB into the next all-pro. Thats the Patriot way and
    Its no coïncidence they get bounced out the playoffs again and again.

  24. How many 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th round draft picks from the last couple of years have been cut by their teams in the last few days? Quite a few.
    What have those teams received for these cuts? Nothing!
    To receive a draft pick for a player that has done nothing in 3 years is pretty good!

  25. At least the Patriots got something of value for a guy whose contract expires next year, and was unlikely to play this year anyway.

    Mallett was supposed to be the backup for the past three years, that’s exactly what he did. He was never supposed to take the job from Brady. Anybody who says that the trade is clear evidence that drafting him was a mistake doesn’t understand three things:

    1. NFL teams need a backup at the QB position. That’s why all teams have at least one.

    2. The backup needs to be a player that can keep the team at least somewhat competitive, if they have to play. The alternative is to have a Curtis Painter be your backup and risk going 1-15.

    3. The idea is to AVOID having the backup play. That’s why the position is often referred to as “backup QB”, because you generally want your starting QB to play – unless of course your starter is Fitzpatrick or you are the Jets.

    For the cost of turning a 3rd round pick into a 6th round pick, the Patriots got three years of insurance, and didn’t have to carry a third QB on the 53 man roster, or pay a third QB. Seems like a pretty decent deal overall.

  26. Houston’s Cassel. At least it was a 6th rounder, because Mallett is as unproven as the other Houston QB. Keenum is probably gone now too.

    And Houston is extremely afraid to draft QBs after David Carr, picked Schaub from Atlanta (whom at least started some games in relief from Vick) and Mallett from NE. When it comes to afraidness I would rather choose KC’s strategy of picking former 49ers.

  27. pastabelly101 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    Mallet, Cassel, and Hoyer starting qbs–hate on haters
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    And not one of them very good.

  28. The guy was signed to be a backup quarterback by New England. He saw almost zero playing time.

    You guys don’t seem to understand, that is how it’s supposed to work when everything goes right.

    Bill needs the roster spot for game day or else he would have kept Mallett this whole season.

  29. Why didn’t they do this earlier? I get the game of it, like it would have cost Houston a higher value pick earlier, but now he has to spend half the year learning while Fitzpatrick stinks up the place.

  30. montrealraider says:
    Aug 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    Its no coïncidence they get bounced out the playoffs again and again.
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    Is it a coincidence that they are in the playoffs again and again? When was the last time the Raiders got bounced from the playoffs? (I’ll give you a hint, it’s been more than a decade)

  31. ufanforreal says:
    Aug 31, 2014 2:22 PM
    pastabelly101 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    Mallet, Cassel, and Hoyer starting qbs–hate on haters
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    And not one of them very good.
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    True – and yet they are apparently better than any available alternatives. Seems like that says a lot more about failures of the Vikings, Browns and Texans than it does about the failures of BB.

    BB keeps finding backups QB’s on his roster that are better than other teams starters, BB must be a dummy.

  32. Anyone ripping the pats for spending a 3rd and getting a 6th is uneducated. It’s like buying car insurance, never having a claim, then looking back and saying “well that was stupid to buy”. So what if he didn’t play, we didn’t need him to.

  33. ne1551 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:21 PM

    How many 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th round draft picks from the last couple of years have been cut by their teams in the last few days? Quite a few.
    What have those teams received for these cuts? Nothing!
    To receive a draft pick for a player that has done nothing in 3 years is pretty good
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    The Colts traded cornerback Marcus Burley to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth round pick.
    Burley was an undrafted corner in 2013 and spent the year with the Jaguars. The Colts signed him this offseason and got a 6, so even better.

  34. Bills and Houston make a trade at the end of Pre-seaso for potential starting QBs. What does that tell you about the Bills and Houston?

    Perhaps the Bills and Houston should merge teams, then free up a franchise for LA?

  35. Pats and Texans use the same offensive system. Ryan Mallett understands it better than the head coach! Nice pickup for Texas with a measley 6th round pick. Huge upgrade on several levels over Fitzpatrick!!!

  36. LOL at Pats

    It was very easy to see that this kid could not play QB in NFL (at least, not as long as they allow rushing the passer and/or defenses to disguise coverages)…. wasted pick in… real happy they could not snooker anyone into giving anything for this kid

    I’m still laughing at the Mallettheads… guys touting this kid (inc. some of my fellow Redskins fans)

    on a related note, Pats are gonna suck when Brady leaves… and I suspect BB will leave as well rather than be exposed for the average coach he has always been

  37. “Mallet is in the final year of his contract.”

    Yes, he was a 3rd rounder and New England is getting a 6th rounder for him. However, NE is most importantly, no longer on the hook to extend or work a new deal with him.. this is the key point that many are missing.

    Revis and McCourty are free agents in 2015, while Nate Solder, Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower are in 2016. Forward thinking is exactly what keeps New England near the front of the pack in the NFL year after year.

  38. The idea is to AVOID having the backup play. That’s why the position is often referred to as “backup QB”, because you generally want your starting QB to play – unless of course your starter is Fitzpatrick or you are the Jets.

    For the cost of turning a 3rd round pick into a 6th round pick, the Patriots got three years of insurance, and didn’t have to carry a third QB on the 53 man roster, or pay a third QB. Seems like a pretty decent deal overall.

    First of all, I am pretty sure the definition of back up is not “because you generally want your starting qb to play”. Second of all, a 3rd round pick is a draft pick that often times yields a starter, or a solid contributor. The idea is not to not play your back up.. that idea is that you want your back up qb to hover around 5oo% at worst…

    and really? what 3 years of insurance did they get from a third rounder who was set to walk at the end of this year.. so yes, they got something, but this was a poor drafting decision by BB that failed…
    I understand that you want a back qb in case Brady went down, but there were/are many options that would/could havebeen better…

    Its ok, teams make crappy and wasted draft picks, including NE.. There is no shame in admitting that…..

  39. pastabelly101 says:
    Aug 31, 2014 2:16 PM
    Just more cap money to sign Revis long term. They dump a declining offensive lineman and a QB that was never going to play for 7.5 in cap space, a move tight end and a 4th and 6th pick. Tell me who won that game?
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    Mankins move was bold but I like it. Turning a 3rd round pick into a 6th rounder isn’t “genius”. I don’t care if they got a couple years with a decent backup QB or not. Truth is, no one even knows if Mallet is even decent. He sure didn’t draw much trade interest. Belichick makes some good moves. This wasn’t one of them, period.

  40. LOL at O’Brien… I am not a believer in this guy; has any BB asst ever succeeded?

    remember.. BB recommended Schiano to the Bucs…. go O’Brien…. 🙂

    I believe O’Brien is a tool

  41. Love the Patriots apologists on here who hail BB as a genius for stealing mallett in the 3rd round because he was really a 1st rounder except for the character risk.

    Then they tell us how great BB is for getting him to buy into the Patriot way, and he’ll be traded for a 1st rounder soon enough.

    Now they tell us what a genius BB is for unloading him for a 6th so he can clear a roster spot.

  42. New England paid a 3rd round price for an eventual 6th round fire sale on a QB…..

    Little risk on the Houston side …..

    Yeah, that Belichick is an absolute genius these days! (On both the acquisition side AND the fire sale dump of this particular draft pick….)

    Great job, New England! You really pulled one over on those Houston Texans…… Maybe with that 6th round pick, you can find another “Aaron Hernandez” for your roster and team chemistry…..

    It’s hard to keep up with this “level of genius” that New England portrays so well…..! Arrogance HAS its rewards……

  43. Every time Bill Belicheck does a trade it’s automatically considered a “fleece” according to the people or fans. It’s ridicolous.

    He drafted Mallett in the third round and got a sixth rounder back. How is that a fleece? The same goes for Logan Mankins. When he trades the six time pro bowler it’s immediately “oh he’s past his prime, what a fleece, we got a no name tight end who will work in Brady’s system”

  44. True that Mallet was a 3 and traded for a 6 but NE also got 3 yrs of cheap backup QB insurance out of him. Lots of teams cut high round draft choices with nothing in return yesterday. He was going to be 3rd on depth chart this year and not going to play so rather than cut him and get nothing they got a pick out of it.

  45. As a Patriots fan I always love the posts from fans of teams that could only dream that their organization was nearly as good as the Patriots year in and year out. Bills (EJ Manuel) Redskins ( 3 wins) Colts ( Irsay as an owner) Bungles , Dolphins/ Jets ( need I say more?)

    I was disappointed that the Patriots were going to carry 3 QB’s since New England has the two best QB’s in the AFCE.

    Mallet was gone after this season and they were looking at best a 7th round compensatory pick which comes at the end of the round. Its a good trade for both teams as it frees up a roster spot and Houston gets to see if Mallet can be a franchise QB.

  46. Wow everyone is on BB’s jock… doesn’t sound like he made such a genius move here people. . turned a 3rd round pick into a 6th.

  47. tunesmith173 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:58 PM

    True that Mallet was a 3 and traded for a 6 but NE also got 3 yrs of cheap backup QB insurance out of him. Lots of teams cut high round draft choices with nothing in return yesterday. He was going to be 3rd on depth chart this year and not going to play so rather than cut him and get nothing they got a pick out of it.
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    LOL, man you Pats sheep will try anything to make a trade look better than it is.
    “3 yrs of cheap backup QB insurance out of him.”, do you really believe that other fans are that dumb.
    He isn’t that good and he just didn’t live up to what they thought he would be, why not just own up to it instead of trying to feed everybody a bunch of crap.

  48. Pats fans are definitely Kool aid drinkers. You could have used that 3rd rounder on a weapon for Brady and signed any of the 1000s of clipboard holders on the street instead of burning a pick on mallett… And then taking less than what you paid. Face it..this move backfired.

  49. Beliichick clearly can’t draft – heck, out of 32 teams only 3 of his drafted QBs are starters, maybe 4 if Mallet grabs the job. 5 if Garappolo ever becomes a starter

    Awful. He should be embarrassed

  50. romeisburningtfb says: Aug 31, 2014 2:30 PM

    Anyone ripping the pats for spending a 3rd and getting a 6th is uneducated. It’s like buying car insurance, never having a claim, then looking back and saying “well that was stupid to buy”. So what if he didn’t play, we didn’t need him to.
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    Most of these trolls are the same 20 that post on every NE thread attempting to rip everything that the team or Belichick does. They’re too ignorant to follow your line of thinking. They can’t follow a simple premise due to lack of education. Throw in some 13-14 years of jealousy, frustration, and envy and this is the result.

  51. general1santa1hannah1montana says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:49 PM
    Texans had the first pick on the waiver wire. WHY WOULD THEY TRADE A NICKEL FOR HIM???

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    Maybe another team was offering a 6th rounder. If you were a team interested in Mallett, offering up a conditional 7th isn’t a bad play to avoid Houston claiming him. That could easily escalate into Houston offering a 6th. Honestly, what value is a mid to late 6th round pick?

  52. I’m not sure that the internet is available in the basement of the haters; but, Bill is playing chess while most of the league is playing checkers.

    The fact of the matter is that the 53 man rosters are still evolving and the Pats are interested in extended a number of players on their current roster. Namely: Slater, Revis, and others. Additionally, with the amount of cap space available it doesn’t preclude a trade or the addition a veteran (e.g.,, Gonzalez).

    So, while you’re somehow deluded into thinking that the Pats needed to either recover a 3rd round pick for Mallett – Bill is thinking beyond his mother’s meatloaf for dinner.

    Haters are going to hate…

  53. Mallet was not a bust. He filled an important role as the backup ab fir three years. Luckily we didn’t need him to step in. So for everyone saying he’s a bust, take off your hater glasses and check reality.
    He served his purpose and now we have a better option so we get a sixth rounder.
    Pretty good in my book

  54. Here’s how it works geniuses. The Pats spent a 3rd on him hoping he might be good. When they found out he wasn’t they traded him to the chumps for a 6th.

    Because now they know he stinks. Get it? You paid a 6th for nothing.

  55. Mixed bag for the Pats.

    BB used a 3rd on him, so that wasn’t good. BUT, he did manage to get a 6th from Hous when everybody knows he can’t play. That’s pretty good.

  56. Patriots paid Mallet for the past 3 yrs to do pretty much nothing and got approx. the same pick equivalent as what they used on him.Now they have 2 qb’s on the roster and one has zero nfl experience. Better hope Tom doesn’t go down.

  57. Mallett’s preseason play killed his trade value. What the Patriots did right was manipulate their roster to hold onto Mallet a couple days longer than the Texans banked on them doing. The Texans figured they could pick up Mallet for free because the Pats would only keep two QB’s and Garrapolo was too promising to try and slide to the practice squad, so he would remain on the active roster. The Pats called their bluff and got “something” for nothing. It’s not the ideal trade, but every little bit helps, and they were losing him anyway. For Houston, it’s not a very high price to pay to give this guy a shot. Obviously O’Brien thinks he can be a contributor. So everyone gets something here. If he fails, it’s no big deal. If he succeeds, Houston gets a good deal, so upside is on their side. The Pats take the 6th rounder and roll on….

  58. For all you numbskulls saying how much Belichick and the Patriots “got over”, they got back a CONDITIONAL 7TH ROUND PICK for Mallett. That’s basically saying they got rid of him for nothing and the Texans picked him up for nothing.

    Low risk, high reward. Sounds more like the Texans got over.

  59. Can somebody tell me how this is a steal for the patriots…they got a 6th round pick!!!!! Thats a Loss for the patriots considering where mallet was drafted..

  60. His archaic crane delivery, crumbling under the slightest duress in the pocket and woeful (lack of) ability with the game on the line will only be further exposed.
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    I loled at this. The Byron Leftwich crane delivery did it for me. Seriously though, he’s just like Tyler Wilson and Brian Brohm, other Petrino masterpieces to the NFL. It’s like the Jeff Tedford QBs of the last decade, when we find Petrino’s Aaron Rodgers, it will be the exception, not the rule.

  61. Chase Daniel is making $3.4 million as a backup QB. That’s more than three times what the Patriots were paying Mallett for an equally unproven commodity. For all those saying the Patriots could have drafted a weapon who may or may not have worked out for Brady with that third round pick, I’d counter that you probably have better odds of getting a solid FA for that extra $2.5 million, or at least you’d have the flexibility of adding it to another offer. But, you know, keep hating.

  62. ya’ll

    BB selected Mallet in the 3rd round and got nothing from him for all these years. NOTHING stats wise.

    In fact, Mallet did not even have ONE pass attempt in 2 of the 3 SEASONS he was on the team.

    His entire tenure with the Pats, Mallet attempted a total of 4 passes and completed 1 of them.

    So, select him with a 3rd round pick and get NOTHING from him on the field production wise and then only get a 6th round pick for him…

    and some of ya’ll are saying that BB is winning here with this trade?

    I see why you’re not G.M.’s and our on the internet keyboards…

  63. Houston,

    A mess. Ya’ll sign Fitz and give him some guaranteed cash and then you HOPED he’d do alright to be a care taker until you decided to try and select someone in the future, maybe next year?

    then when Fitz (surprisingly) didn’t hit it out of the park this preseason, you get nervous and voila you trade for Mallet on the brink of your first game.

    Glad Mallet gets OTA’s with you. Uh, he didn’t?

    OK, glad he got preseason with you. Uh, he didn’t?

    Not even one snap in preseason?

    So you made a mistake by not trading for Mallett in the spring and then you compound it by trading for him way too late, when you’ve broke camp and your games are ready to begin.

    You made one bad decision and followed it up with another bad decision.

    The Raiders like how you operate though… as it will take someone like ya’ll being this way to dislodge them from being the worst in the league.

  64. It’s only a 6th if he plays more than 40% of the snaps in 2014 otherwise it’s a 7th. Second, the pick isn’t until 2016. Third supposedly the Cowboys were also willing to trade. Fourth they play the same system. Fifth, OB1 has a good coaching relationship with him. Sixth, both Texans and Patriots are a game plan based system and since he has never started in the regular season he has never played a game plan designed for him. Seventh he’s replace Case Keenum. Where’s the downside?

  65. I hope he falls on his face but then again, is there anyone who can’t beat our Fitzpatrick? Texans should have gotten Terrel Pryor.

    I think Matt Flynn is quietly being shopped as well. No way the Pack can go with 3 QB’s unless they are terrified again that the Fn O line is going to get Rogers killed.

    I see a blood bath on Thursday. The so called late round picks of Ted T will not show up for the Hawks. They are way to talented for GB.

    I have the Pack at 6-10 this year.

  66. The epic nature of these comments for a guy drafted 3rd round getting traded for a 6th years later… is hilarious. Who cares? How many drafted players get cut that make this about as insignificant as possible? lol

  67. Whys everyone saying Bellichick won on this deal? I mean they essentially traded a 3rd round pick for a 6th round pick. How is that winning? They coulda got way more for Mallet if they traded him earlier.

  68. For the record I think Belicheck got rid of Mallett because he saw Jimmy G had some skills. I saw him in preseason and he looks not that bad. In a few years he could be the one to replace Brady.

  69. <i<BB selected Mallet in the 3rd round and got nothing from him for all these years. NOTHING stats wise

    Which of course was the plan and should be everybody’s plan for their #2 quarterback.

  70. patriotsarespygaters says:
    Aug 31, 2014 1:44 PM
    Wow the hoodie has gotten away with one again wow he is good at dealing
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    Yeah, real smart…..he was a 3rd round pick and they only got a 7th round for him. Your coach is not so smart.

  71. My brother is a Pats fan, and I sent him a text this preseason that said, “Every time Mallett takes the field he loses value.” He appeared to have some legit value prior to the draft, but after he took the field in the preseason and looked nothing more than pedestrian….the Pats lost any substantial leverage. But, with Houston having some real question marks at QB, he’s worth a 6th rd pick.

    Only time will time will tell if the kid can even be an average NFL QB, but even if he is just a back up in Houston for a year or two, he’s worth a 6th rd pick. Nobody loses in this trade. One could argue that the Pats never got the value out of selecting him in the 3rd rd. But, years later, that is irrelevant. What’s done is done. I don’t see how the Pats, the Texans, or Mallett lost in this trade. It seems like everyone involved should feel good about this deal.

  72. And the Texans continue taking someone else’s rejects rather than taking a flyer on a QB in the draft when they are holding the number one pick. Some teams (owners) never learn.

    If Mallett was any good the Pats wouldn’t have passed on him. Same as with Schaub. Never learn!

  73. They gave up a conditional 7th rd pick…. Lets not act like the Texans gave up the farm for Mallet…

    7th rd pick equates to a “Flyer”

    And credit Belichick for getting anything for Mallet since he was never going to supplant Brady and becomes a free agent next year. Pats would have lost him for nothing.

    It’s a win/win for both.

  74. Mallet will compete with savage for 2nd/3rd qb spot.
    yawn
    maybe he beats savage for # 2, maybe he helps
    savage learn the system

    fora conditional 7th thats a cheap deal for Texans

    Mallet(ne 3rd) beat out Case who was undrafted

    Hell of a 3rd rnd pick f0r the patriots though, i hope they are just as lucky with Garafalo

  75. For those idiots knocking on 6th rounders just remember this: somebody named TOM FREAKING BRADY was drafted as the overall 199th in the 6th round! You can get a lot of surprise talent in the 6th round for cheap money. Not as bad as it sounds.

  76. This organization is so full of itself. No need to keep good players, no need to draft good players at certain positions. Tom will make it all work and when Tom is too old Bill will turn the next nobody QB into the next all-pro. Thats the Patriot way and
    Its no coïncidence they get bounced out the playoffs again and again.

    Back in the day, Chuck Noll kept old players and gave up on a bunch of good players. Not only that, his drafting got bad and that is why the Steelers went thru dry spells in the 80’s and until Cowher came along. Yep, Tom will get old just like all of the other great QB’s and the Hoodie will have to suffer thru dry spells as well.

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