Report: Texans targeted Matt Barkley before Ryan Mallett deal

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With an utter lack of talent at the position and the cross-pollenation between the Patriots and Texans coaching staffs, it seemed natural when Houston dealt for Ryan Mallett.

But he might not have been their first target.

According to Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 in Houston, the Texans had targeted Eagles third-stringer Matt Barkley before they made the call on Mallett.

While the Mallett’s familiarity with coach Bill O’Brien made him the logical target, there are reasons to prefer Barkley. Namely, he has three years of contract left at bargain rates, while Mallett is in the final year of his rookie deal.

Of course, the Texans gave a conditional seventh that could turn into a sixth for Mallett, while the Eagles would have certainly wanted more for their 2013 fourth-rounder.

It’s interesting to file away, because the Texans’ search for a quarterback figures to be a thorough one, which will last into next offseason unless Mallett magically turns into the guy.

30 responses to “Report: Texans targeted Matt Barkley before Ryan Mallett deal

  1. I’m sure most Eagles fans would agree that only 2 #1 picks could get them to part with a future HOFer like Barkley. If bragging won you football games the Eagles would be undefeated every year.

  2. Surprised they didn’t go after the Sanchize. At least he’s proven he can manage a game in tough spots… when he’s not busy running into the backside of his own blockers that is.

  3. Of course, the Texans gave a conditional seventh that could turn into a sixth for Mallett, while the Eagles would have certainly wanted more for their 2013 fourth-rounder”.

    Really? Have you watched Matt Barkley play?

  4. I’ll bet Barkley gets to play this year, but I hope Foles and Sanchez stay healthy. I’ll bet he’s more well prepared than last year. He may be better than some starters in this league.

  5. Matt Barkley in the last pre-season game looked like he could start for half the NFL teams . He has a strong arm , good vision , and a I.Q. that makes him probably the best non-starter in the league . I’d want a least a 3rd rounder for him and a replacement 3rd. string QB if you’re knocking on my door . Remember, he has one year OJT with the Eagles . He’s a no-brainer if I’m shopping He’s got three more years on a rookie contract and that amounts to sampling the goods without paying for them .

  6. While I’ll admit I’m not thrilled with having Fitzpatrick as our starting quarterback, I’m certainly glad the Texans chose not to pursue Matt Barkley.

  7. Tom Savage can develop. I don’t think they have a quarterback problem in the future. The problem is now.

  8. The Texans are ranked #31 out of 32 teams by ESPN. Absent a season where they play far over their heads, I think you can rest assured the Texans QB of the future will be a top five pick in the 2015 draft.

  9. Barkley’s shoulder has finally healed and he played very well this pre season. He proved he can make all the throws required by a NFL QB. Probably a better fit for a West Coast offense team.

  10. The Texans gave up a conditional 7th rounder for Mallett. What were we getting for Barkley, some chicken fajitas ?

  11. I’m no fan of Tebow or Vince Young, but both QB’s have a winning record and have proven they can win games. It behooves me that neither is on a squad as a back-up.

    How many back-up QB’s in the league can say they have winning records?

    I’m not saying either is a starter, but they can both come in and make things happen for a game or two. Which is way more than a guy like Barkley, or Clausen, or the bearded, professional back-up in Tennessee will ever give you…

    So many QB’s getting paid to hold a clipboard just praying they never get in.

  12. “He has a strong arm , good vision , and a I.Q. that makes him probably the best non-starter in the league”

    You realize we are talking about Matt Barkley and not Charles Barkley, right?

    Chip Kelly, the coach who drafted him, thought so much of his arm, vision, and IQ that he went out and gave Mark Sanchez $4M to come in and take his place on the depth chart.

  13. Luke Dunphy ,

    How long was Aaron Rodgers on the bench before Green Bay turned him loose . Stop being short-sighted . Try to think like a GM . Barkley is still there because Coach Chip Kelley wants him there , not for this season , but for next season or two years from now . Sanchez is stop gap and Foley is only a knee injury away . An NFL team needs third good QB’s these days . Barkley will be just fine as time elapses . Philly fans will be happy he’s there .

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