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

New England Patriots showcasing Ryan Mallett for a trade?

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The New England Patriots have a quarterback problem but it’s not the type we’re used to hearing about in training camp. Rather than having a quarterback battle, the Patriots are trying to trade their backup as Ryan Mallett has come up in trade rumors more than once since the NFL Draft came and went.

Trade speculation was at it’s heaviest during the NFL Draft, but has subsided a bit since then. But now that training camp is fully underway, the Patriots may be looking for an opportunity to get rid of Mallett once again and give him up to a team looking for a solid backup or even a potential starter at the moment.

According to Tom Curran from CSNNE.com, the Patriots may be showcasing Ryan Mallett as the starting quarterback for their first preseason game not to give Tom Brady a break, but to show him off for a potential trade this upcoming week.

Curran explained on Thursday’s PFT Live that he believes the Patriots prefer to trade Mallett if they can.  The most obvious candidate would be the Texans, where former Pats assistant Bill O’Brien has become the head coach, and veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick has become the starting quarterback.

The Patriots trading Mallett isn’t a forgone conclusion but it’s something that will no doubt be on the minds of the front office as they showcase him in the team’s first preseason game in another attempt to get him shipped off and traded somewhere else in the NFL.

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