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Inasmuch as Washington says it is confident Robert Griffin III will make it through next season unharmed, it cannot risk moving backup Kirk Cousins. If RG3 goes down, Cousins is the guy. It can’t move him.
NFL.com’s Marc Sessler noted this week that Washington general manager Bruce Allen says there have been no conversations about moving Cousins. Of course, it’s still lying season, but between Cousins’ value as a security blanket and the fact that he’s unlikely to net much in the way of picks, he’s not going to be moved.
Even if Washington needs more picks.
Meanwhile, Ryan Mallett is in the final year of his contract, per Spotrac.com, and it’s unlikely the Patriots will want to pay him much to stick around. They’d much rather get a few more picks, and Mallett’s big arm will make him attractive to some teams.
MassLive.com's Nick Underhill has said the Houston Texans are interested in acquiring Mallett (h/t NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling). If they don’t draft Carr, they could make a play for Mallett.
Houston head coach Bill O’Brien likes his quarterbacks to have a big arm and isn’t worried about them being mobile, so the fact that Mallett is a statue isn’t an issue.
While that match seems to make sense, there could be other teams sniffing around. The Patriots like to turn over players they aren’t dying to keep.
Mallett is one such player.