There always seems to be a market for backup quarterbacks int he NFL as when a guy sits behind someone oblong enough, and he’s a big enough name, there is bound to be trade talk. In the case of Kirk Cousins, the trade talk comes because of his age and his ability that he’s shown in games. For Ryan Mallett, it comes due to the fact that he’s been marinading in Tom Brady’s quarterback knowledge for a few years and that’s not to be taken lightly.
But while learning from Tom Brady is a valuable thing to Mallett, it’s not an overly valuable thing for NFL teams. Mike Reiss from ESPNBoston.com writes that the Patriots can be involved in trade talks for Ryan Mallett by they nor the fans should expect much in return.
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.
It’s a solid point as in the case of Matt Cassell — a former Brady backup who was traded — he got to start for a whole season and prove himself. Mallett hasn’t gotten that and therefore is much less valuable.
He may end up getting traded, but his contract is about to become expendable which makes Mallett an even less valuable trade asset than he already is.
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