Prior to the first round of the NFL Draft getting underway this year, literally hours before, there were whispers that the New England Patriots and Houston Texans were engaging in trade talks involving QB Ryan Mallett. Nothing ever ended up coming to fruition with the matter and Mallett came out of draft weekend still a Patriot.
Still, though, there are some that believe that the Patriots could still be looking to deal the back up to Tom Brady, and on Thursday those claims were refuted by New England head coach Bill Belichick who told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the team is not interested in any deal.
Bill Belichick, on @SiriusXMNFL, asked about trade interest in QB Ryan Mallett: “That’s not really something we’re that interested in.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) May 22, 2014
The Patriots drafted Mallett back in 2011 in the third round with the 74th overall pick out of Arkansas after his stock had fallen due to some character concerns.
Since then, Mallett has served as the back up to Brady, and of course having been learning under the Belichick and Brady for the past three seasons, he’s become a hot commodity.
Then there was the fact that in this year’s draft, the Patriots drafted Jimmy Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois, which again raised some questions about whether or not the team was getting ready to deal Mallett, but with this being the final year of his contract, it seems as if the Patriots will stick with him one more year before they part ways with him in free agency.