Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half during the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-35. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams rumors: Could Rams pursue Ryan Mallett, Matt Barkley?

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Now that St. Louis Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford officially has a torn ACL and will be out for the season, speculation about what they could do to replace him has begun. The first name that came to mind was Washington Redskins’ backup Kirk Cousins. However, with Robert Griffin III’s injury woes, the Redskins will be very reluctant to deal Cousins.

Rich Tandler of CSN Washington wonders if the Rams could go after another young quarterback like Ryan Mallett of the New England Patriots or Matt Barkley of the Philadelphia Eagles.

You also have to add supply and demand into the equation. A number of young QB’s like Ryan Mallett, Matt Barkley, and others could be available for the Rams should the choose to go that route. This makes the Rams meeting the Redskins’ asking price even more unlikely.

The reality here is that there’s really not much actual smoke here and, as of now, no fire at all. But one thing is certain—the facts won’t get in the way of a good round of rumors.

Mallett is entering his fourth season in the league and has completed just one of his four career passes in his career for 17 yards and an interception. Barkley was a fourth round pick of the Eagles in 2013. He played in three games last season, completing 30 of 49 passes for 300 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Tags: Matt Barkley Ryan Mallett Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams

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