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Report: Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Houston

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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.

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  1. 12444uggg says: Aug 31, 2014 1:39 PM

    This helps the Texans how?

  2. fordmandalay says: Aug 31, 2014 1:40 PM

    Instantly the best QB on the team.

  3. jswheeler says: Aug 31, 2014 1:40 PM

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

  4. 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.

  5. dudermcrbohan says: Aug 31, 2014 1:41 PM

    lol Belichick called O’Brien’s bluff.

  6. floratiotime says: Aug 31, 2014 1:41 PM

    There’s one born every minute.

  7. Ferdinand says: Aug 31, 2014 1:41 PM

    What did NE get in exchange? Missing a pretty basic fact, there.

  8. rayjay9393 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:42 PM

    he can’t even play QB

  9. brazzz01 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:42 PM

    Congratulations Jimmy G.

  10. sixchr says: Aug 31, 2014 1:43 PM

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

  11. realfootballfan says: Aug 31, 2014 1:43 PM

    Why wait all off-season if you’re going to make this trade? You’ve basically set him up to fail, not to mention he’s in the last year of his rookie deal.

  12. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    Anybody is better than fitzpatrick

  13. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    Wow the hoodie has gotten away with one again wow he is good at dealing

  14. marima07 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    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.

  15. playgroundlgnd says: Aug 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    Did they give up Andre johnson?

  16. bostonbadass says: Aug 31, 2014 1:45 PM

    Hey you read the post.
    Terse have not yet been disclosed. ….duh

  17. dickshotdogs says: Aug 31, 2014 1:46 PM

    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!!!

  18. RegisHawk says: Aug 31, 2014 1:47 PM

    Nothing BB loves more than one of his apprentices getting a HC job. He always makes a profit.

  19. crownontherocks says: Aug 31, 2014 1:47 PM

    6th rounder?

  20. Mike Wilkening says: Aug 31, 2014 1:48 PM

    Story is updated with trade compensation (a sixth-round pick, per ESPN.com). — MW

  21. taylorgangtrippymane says: Aug 31, 2014 1:48 PM

    Better coke in Houston for Ryan.

  22. 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???

    Rick Smith is either a complete idiot, or he is entranced by BO’B

  23. Zeke says: Aug 31, 2014 1:49 PM

    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.

  24. thegregwitul says: Aug 31, 2014 1:49 PM

    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.

  25. seatownballers says: Aug 31, 2014 1:50 PM

    Houston going 4-12

  26. djlexluger says: Aug 31, 2014 1:50 PM

    For a 6th rounder according to ESPN

  27. mrbigass says: Aug 31, 2014 1:50 PM

    Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. speicher145 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:51 PM

    Interesting.

  29. nflinsider711 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:51 PM

    He should be instantly plugged in as the starter. He’s not that good but what the Texans have is that bad.

  30. h0nkeyshavenolips says: Aug 31, 2014 1:52 PM

    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.

  31. lightcleric says: Aug 31, 2014 1:53 PM

    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.

  32. skawh says: Aug 31, 2014 1:54 PM

    Wow…So if Brady is hurt things will get real interesting for the Pat’s real quick!

  33. cowboysallday says: Aug 31, 2014 1:55 PM

    Hahaha what a waste of a third round pick to only get a sixth in return

  34. jayovalentine says: Aug 31, 2014 1:56 PM

    Mallet for a 6th ? Doesn’t sound like Texans got fleeced at all.

  35. honkeyt says: Aug 31, 2014 1:56 PM

    People are saying the Pats or good at wheeling and dealing…they drafter Mallet in the 3rd rd and are getting 6th for him, um No!

  36. johnnytarr says: Aug 31, 2014 1:57 PM

    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?

  37. justsomerandomguy24 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:57 PM

    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.

  38. adamd1981 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    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.

  39. ez4u2sa says: Aug 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    This should come as a surprise to no one.

  40. 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.

  41. brokebackbrees says: Aug 31, 2014 1:58 PM

    Why did Houston wait till a week before regular season to pick him up when all NE wanted was a 6th round pick?

  42. justsomerandomguy24 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:59 PM

    My only question is if Mallett– based on being OK in NE and quite good in college– wouldn’t have fetched NE at least a 6th round (if not higher) compensatory pick.

  43. derpadeederpjetsyjet says: Aug 31, 2014 1:59 PM

    Anyone else notice there could now be 1 current and 3 former Pats qbs starting in the NFL this yr… not bad for a team that “cant draft”…

  44. lmfaooooo says: Aug 31, 2014 2:00 PM

    Championship moves. Go Patriots !!!

  45. chicocharger says: Aug 31, 2014 2:00 PM

    How is trading a 3rd rounder who has only played spot duty for a 6th rounder= genius?

  46. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 31, 2014 2:02 PM

    Boom clap.

    Not sure about this but he can’t be any worse than Fitzpatrick or Keenum

  47. moneymike23 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:02 PM

    I hate the Patriots & The Hoody but damn, they are good when it comes to wheelin & dealin.
    ————————————
    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.

  48. unlimitedcriticism says: Aug 31, 2014 2:03 PM

    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.

    1 0
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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.

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

    Mallet, Cassel, and Hoyer starting qbs–hate on haters

  50. jmc8888 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:04 PM

    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.

  51. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 31, 2014 2:07 PM

    Pats need to sign receiver Brown that was just cut by Chargers as he was the guy they were going to draft before BB stepped in and grabbed Mallett.

  52. oraclepz1 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:07 PM

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

  53. shaggyjeff says: Aug 31, 2014 2:08 PM

    Nothin for nothing = ……nothing

    *yawn*

  54. ausernamethatisavailable says: Aug 31, 2014 2:08 PM

    Houston qb situation is a mess.

  55. justintuckrule says: Aug 31, 2014 2:08 PM

    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

  56. raymondtx says: Aug 31, 2014 2:09 PM

    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.

  57. oraclepz1 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:09 PM

    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

  58. jimeejohnson says: Aug 31, 2014 2:14 PM

    New world’s record: a blog about the Pats and no comments about cheating.

  59. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:14 PM

    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.

  60. dickshotdogs says: Aug 31, 2014 2:15 PM

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

  61. 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?

  62. xnihilofan says: Aug 31, 2014 2:16 PM

    Seems to me drafting him AT the 3rd round and being given a 6th rounder for him the plan backfired a bit. The Texans won that deal outright.

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

    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.

  64. 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!

  65. VenerableAxiom says: Aug 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    So the Texans held out all off season until BB came down on what he wanted, knowing that he didn’t want to keep him on the roster. Good job by the Texans.

  66. moochach says: Aug 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    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.

  67. largent80100 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:22 PM

    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.

  68. 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
    —————————————————–
    And not one of them very good.

  69. TheWizard says: Aug 31, 2014 2:23 PM

    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.

  70. eyefeeler says: Aug 31, 2014 2:25 PM

    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.

  71. moochach says: Aug 31, 2014 2:27 PM

    montrealraider says:
    Aug 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    Its no coïncidence they get bounced out the playoffs again and again.
    __________________________________

    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)

  72. tooz72 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:28 PM

    So how does the effect Johnny Football?

  73. moochach says: Aug 31, 2014 2:29 PM

    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
    —————————————————–
    And not one of them very good.
    ________________________

    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.

  74. 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.

  75. swagger52 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:31 PM

    I would be leery of any AFC L east QB. They play in a soft division.

  76. ufanforreal says: Aug 31, 2014 2:31 PM

    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
    ——————————————————
    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.

  77. ohand16 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:31 PM

    But…but they have Fitzpatrick lol

  78. swagger52 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:32 PM

    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?

  79. magicdoc says: Aug 31, 2014 2:33 PM

    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!!!

  80. ohand16 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:36 PM

    And more importantly – the Jets still stink

  81. texansdan says: Aug 31, 2014 2:36 PM

    Update–not a sixth rounder, but actually a conditional 7th rounder in 2016. Sounds like not a lot of risk, possibly high reward to me.

  82. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 31, 2014 2:40 PM

    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

  83. brohamma says: Aug 31, 2014 2:41 PM

    “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.

  84. billsfan1 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:41 PM

    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…..

  85. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Aug 31, 2014 2:41 PM

    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?
    ____________

    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.

  86. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 31, 2014 2:44 PM

    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

  87. irishlad19 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:45 PM

    How many NFL wins have all these Belichick haters coached?

  88. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 31, 2014 2:46 PM

    and in breaking news

    Pats have still not won anything since being caught cheating

  89. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 31, 2014 2:50 PM

    Belicheat got FLEECED. 40% win rate without Tom Brady. Lolololol, joke a coach.

  90. afc22 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:51 PM

    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.

  91. bigjim50010 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:52 PM

    Look at the upside to this…

    “And with the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, The Houston Texans choose….”

  92. rajbais says: Aug 31, 2014 2:53 PM

    Why was he not traded for a 3rd Rd pick during the draft???

    If that was on O’Brien, great bargain play!!!

  93. ledhed1212 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:55 PM

    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……

  94. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 31, 2014 2:57 PM

    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”

  95. 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.

  96. ampats says: Aug 31, 2014 3:03 PM

    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.

  97. doob187 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:07 PM

    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.

  98. ufanforreal says: Aug 31, 2014 3:15 PM

    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.
    ——————————————————
    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.

  99. justintuckrule says: Aug 31, 2014 3:21 PM

    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.

  100. j0esixpack says: Aug 31, 2014 3:22 PM

    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

  101. scw1993 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:23 PM

    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.
    ———————————————————

    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.

  102. descendency says: Aug 31, 2014 3:23 PM

    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???

    —————

    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?

  103. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Aug 31, 2014 3:25 PM

    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…

  104. ryandr1010 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:28 PM

    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

  105. floratiotime says: Aug 31, 2014 3:29 PM

    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.

  106. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 31, 2014 3:30 PM

    Texans got robbed.

  107. politicallyincorrect says: Aug 31, 2014 3:32 PM

    Pats fans are a funny crew!

  108. taiterhead says: Aug 31, 2014 3:33 PM

    Time to draft another franchise QB in the 6th round I guess….yawn.

  109. lexd75 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:34 PM

    All told…the Pats DID draft Brady. In the 6th round.

  110. joker65 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:35 PM

    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.

  111. beachsidejames says: Aug 31, 2014 3:36 PM

    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.

  112. lanman11 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:40 PM

    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….

  113. htown1035 says: Aug 31, 2014 3:40 PM

    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.

  114. rohlo says: Aug 31, 2014 3:48 PM

    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..

  115. realfootballfan says: Aug 31, 2014 3:49 PM

    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.
    —–
    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.

  116. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 31, 2014 3:50 PM

    I don’t care. I’m just glad I never have to hear about this ever again.

  117. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 31, 2014 3:53 PM

    Neither team benefits. Mallet blows and the Patriots only got a 6th round draft pick

  118. unlimitedcriticism says: Aug 31, 2014 3:58 PM

    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.

  119. sportsfan18 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:01 PM

    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…

  120. sportsfan18 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:06 PM

    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.

  121. bworacle says: Aug 31, 2014 4:09 PM

    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?

  122. immafubared says: Aug 31, 2014 4:12 PM

    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.

  123. steelbreeze676 says: Aug 31, 2014 4:38 PM

    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

  124. fanasaurus says: Aug 31, 2014 5:04 PM

    @bworacle, where did you get the trade info. on the conditional pick?

  125. nativeraider says: Aug 31, 2014 5:04 PM

    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.

  126. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 31, 2014 5:10 PM

    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.

  127. TheWizard says: Aug 31, 2014 5:22 PM

    <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.

  128. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Aug 31, 2014 5:42 PM

    LOL, Patriots thought they were going to get a 2n or 3rd round pick for this dude, they were dillusional

  129. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Aug 31, 2014 5:48 PM

    oh Patriots want Andre Johnson for Mallet! uh NO! Will give you a 6th!

    They spent a 3rd on him he barely played and they got a 6th back, tha Bellicheck is wheeler dealer alright!

    LOL

    This is a yawn trade!

  130. billswillnevermove says: Aug 31, 2014 5:50 PM

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

  131. ashevillebucs says: Aug 31, 2014 5:50 PM

    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.

  132. vcupats says: Aug 31, 2014 5:55 PM

    I’m just waiting for a post about how Tom Brady is “indeed very much upset” with the Mallett trade.

  133. thefiesty1 says: Aug 31, 2014 5:57 PM

    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!

  134. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 31, 2014 6:12 PM

    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.

  135. fosteraustralianfortouchdown says: Aug 31, 2014 6:20 PM

    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

  136. patsfan112 says: Sep 1, 2014 9:48 AM

    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.

  137. steelersnowand4ever says: Sep 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    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.

  138. oilerthentexandiehard says: Sep 4, 2014 1:34 AM

    Wow. So many people here should be managing NFL teams. I’d try the Texans and Raiders first, then work your way up to the Seahawks. Be sure to use your posts to impress the owners…..

  139. ceehawkfan says: Sep 4, 2014 2:32 AM

    If Houston was smart they would have gone for Kirk Cousins.

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