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.