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

Patriots' Ryan Mallett traded to the Texans

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There have been rumblings about New England Patriots back up quarterback Ryan Mallett’s future with the club for a while now, and he has been primarily linked to the Houston Texans. The day after NFL teams cut their rosters down to 53-men, the Patriots finally parted ways with Mallett, sending him to the Houston Texans in a trade.

It is undisclosed at the moment what the Patriots are getting in return in the deal.

The move isn’t necessarily surprising with Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo on the roster and making the cut to stay behind starter Tom Brady. The Patriots didn’t need to carry three quarterbacks into the season and this way they were able to use Mallett’s trade value to their benefit.

In Houston, Mallett joins Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum. One of those three would likely be dropped, not only to create the roster spot if a player doesn’t go back to New England in the trade, but because they don’t need four quarterbacks carried on their roster.

It doesn’t seem to indicate that the Texans had very much faith in any of their quarterbacks.

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