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

Cowboys were trying to trade for Ryan Mallett

The Houston Texans pulled the trigger on a trade on Sunday, acquiring New England Patriots back up quarterback Ryan Mallett. It seems to indicate that the Texans and head coach Bill O’Brien aren’t confident in the quarterbacks on their roster: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum.

The Texans had to pull the trigger to trade for Mallett instead of waiting for him to be released or put on waivers because the Dallas Cowboys were in the fray for it as well.

The Cowboys lost their safety net in Kyle Orton over the offseason. The back up quarterback reportedly wanted to retire and skipped activities, then he wanted to play. Either way the Cowboys cut him and had Brandon Weeden and Dustin Vaughan behind Tony Romo on the depth chart, neither inspiring much confidence.

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