Updates from Tuesday, May 13
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans' current interest in Ryan Mallett:
Texans will not be trading for Ryan Mallet.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 13, 2014
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport told Dan Hellie on 'NFL Total Access' on Monday that there is still 'mutual interest' in a Mallett trade.
'From what I understand, there is still a chance (for a trade),' Rapoport said on NFL Network, adding that May 27 is the key date because that's when the Patriots take the field for organized team activities.
Updates from Friday, May 9
The Patriots have selected Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft:
Pats took Garoppolo at 62.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 10, 2014
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport provides details on a new scenario:
Along with a potential trade for Ryan Mallett to #Texans is a one-year contract extension for Mallett. That would come along with the trade— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 10, 2014
ESPN's Adam Schefter adds an update on the Patriots' expectations for Mallett:
Definitely would not count on a Ryan Mallett trade to Houston or anywhere. Mallett expected back in Foxboro.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
Pro Football Talk's Josh Asper previously reported that Mallett doesn't appear to be available:
The Texans didn’t pick up a quarterback before the end of the first round, but, for the moment, it doesn’t look like that’s a result of plans for a trade. Ed Werder of ESPN reported on air Friday that he’s been told that Mallett is “not available” in a trade.
Houston Chronicle reporter Brian T. Smith says the Texans have had no contact with the Patriots:
On Thursday afternoon, Comcast's Tom E. Curran tweeted negotiations between the Houston Texans and New England Patriots were underway regarding a trade for backup quarterback Ryan Mallett:
Curran received conflicting reports, though, as he noted on CSNNE.com:
One source reports that a Ryan Mallett-to-the-Texans trade may completed soon. According to that source, the Patriots will receive a third-round pick in return. Another source, however, says nothing is doing at the moment on Mallett to Houston.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle spoke about why the Texans have interest in Mallett:
If Texans get Mallet a big reason will b QB coach George Godsey, who coached Pats TEs last 4 years and knows him well.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) May 8, 2014
Other reports began to trickle in shortly after, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted he hadn't heard anything about the potential trade:
From what I am gathering, Pats don't have anything going with the Texans on Mallett right now. We shall see— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 8, 2014
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe heard differently, according to his recent tweet:
The Texans are a team in the quarterback market this year, and acquiring the strong-armed Mallett makes sense at a third-round price. However, Houston apparently won't stop there, according to Peter King of MMQB, via a tweet from Tom Mantzouranis of Sports Illustrated:
.@SI_PeterKing just said that even if Texans trade for Mallett, it won't be the only QB move they make today/tomorrow.— Tom Mantzouranis (@themantz) May 8, 2014
Mallett was taken in the third round of the 2011 draft and has served as Tom Brady's backup since. He doesn't have much in-game experience, attempting just four passes in his short career, completing one for 17 yards while throwing an interception.
It could be conceived Houston is attempting to spark a quarterback competition in training camp this season, pitting Mallett against veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and a potential draft pick.
We'll have to wait to see how this all unfolds; however, with the draft just hours away, we may know the outcome sooner rather than later.
Shipping away Mallett would seem to suggest New England would target a quarterback in the draft. For Houston, it would give them added flexibility in selecting a rookie the team could develop.