Houston (CBS Houston) – A summer’s worth of speculation finally became fact on Sunday. The Houston Texans traded for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, according to Ian Rappaport. In return the Texans will send a conditional 7th round pick to New England that could end up as a 6th rounder.
Mallett, 26, had fallen behind second round pick Jimmy Garoppolo in New England. He’s previously played under head coach Bill O’Brien when O’Brien was the Patriots offensive coordinator.
After being drafted in the third round in 2011, he’s played sparingly during his three years with the Patriots. At 6’6, Mallett fits the prototypical quarterback mold many think O’Brien adheres to.
Mallett’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning the Texans won’t have to make a long-term financial commitment until after a full season of evaluation. If Mallett were to leave via free agency, the Texans could potentially be awarded a compensatory pick thus mitigating their loss of the 6th round pick traded to New England.
After completing the trade, the Texans released former starter Case Keenum.
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