Dec 15, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) takes the field before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans interested in New England Patriots' Ryan Mallett?

Although the New England Patriots continue to deny that they will trade quartberback Ryan Mallett and the Houston Texans continue to deny that they would like to acquire Mallett, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the two eventually came to a deal.

Texans’ coach Bill O’Brien knows Mallett and doesn’t have much to work with at the quarterback position (They have T.J. Yates, Case Keenum, former Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills’ quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and drafted former Pittsburgh Panthers’ quarterback Tom Savage) while the Patriots selected former Eastern Illinois Panthers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd-overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Chris Wesseling believes Mallett could be traded this summer.

Mallett has been connected to the Texans and former offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien since early March, with speculation growing especially feverish during draft weekend. Patriots coach Bill Belichick recently insisted he’s not that interested in dealing Mallett, which is another way of inviting prospective suitors to raise their offers. If second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo looks ready for prime time in training camp, a Mallett trade remains possible.

Wesseling lists the Texans and the Dallas Cowboys as potential suitors.

The reasons the Texans would chase Mallett make a lot of sense, but for the Cowboys, it may not make as much sense. Sure, Kyle Orton has reportedly told the Cowboys he wants to retire and will not be playing in the 2014 season, the Cowboys reached a deal with former Cleveland Browns’ first round pick Brandon Weeden earlier in the offseason and he should serve as an adequate backup quarterback to Tony Romo.

Mallett has completed one-of-four passes for 17 yards in his career.

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