The future of New England Patriots’ backup quarterback Ryan Mallett has been in question since the Patriots selected the former Arkansas Razorbacks’ star with the 74th overall pick in the third round of the 2011 Draft.
Earlier in the offseason, reports suggested current Houston Texans’ head coach and former Patriots’ offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien could be interested in acquiring Mallett, but that doesn’t not appear to be the case.
Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston was asked about a potential trade of Mallett before draft day and Reiss does not believe the Patriots would get much of a haul in return.
Mark, I’m not sure Mallett would even command a third-rounder at this point. I think this is a case where we might be overrating the local talent a bit. In the end, I think Mallett will have more value to the team being on the Patriots’ roster than the late-round pick you might be able to receive in return for trading him.
Mallett played in one game in 2012 and went one-of-four with 17 yards and an interceptions.
Mallett has shown flashes in preseason games and is obviously talented, but really hasn’t shown why he’d be worth giving much up to acquire.