One of the surprise stories from the NFL Draft was talk of the New England Patriots trading Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans, talks that surfaced and then seemingly progressed in the 11th hour before the Texans made their first round selection. But while the talks seemed hot and heavy at the moment, they went nowhere and Mallett remains with the Patriots.
But New England drafted Jimmy Garoppolo on the second day, which seems to signal an end to the Mallett era in New England, and as a result, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that trade talks between the Texans and Patriots are not yet dead.
We don’t know how far along trade talks are, but the Texans have Ryan Fitzpatrick on roster and they drafted developmental quarterback Tom Savage on the third day, which means Mallett is hardly the quarterback of the future in either New England or Houston. Still, he has a much better chance to be the interim starter i Houston than he does in New England and a trade might be the best thing for all parties involved.