Rumors are surfacing once again about potential trades involving New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett. With the team drafting Jimmy Garoppolo, a trade involving Mallett seemed a high possibility. According to NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling on Tuesday, the former Arkansas Razorback quarterback could still be on the move to the Houston Texas, but he also lists the Dallas Cowboys as a potential landing spot.
Mallett is one of two quarterbacks expected to be on the move this summer. The other is Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. The Texans are in more of a need for a starting quarterback than the Cowboys as both had their opportunities in the draft but opted to select positional players that can help in other areas of the team. Although Patriots coach Bill Belichick recently insisted that the team has no plans in moving Mallett, Wessling wrote, “If second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo looks ready for prime time in training camp, a Mallett trade remains possible.”
It would also seem unlikely that the Patriots would carry three quarterbacks throughout the season. They have before, but with last season’s history of injuries, it would be smart to add depth in other positional areas. Mallett is also up to become a free agent following the 2014 NFL season, which only heightens trade rumors.
The Cowboys being a potential suitor would more depend on the health of Tony Romo and the team’s confidence of him being able to hold up throughout the season. Mallett doesn’t have much in-game experience, but what makes him a hot commodity is the experience and knowledge he has gained from Tom Brady. Of course it will all depend on his ability to translate it on the field. That ability is what teams like the Texans and Cowboys may be banking on. If a trade is to happen involving Ryan Mallett, it should come in the next couple weeks.