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New England Patriots not actively shopping Ryan Mallett

It was reported earlier that the New England Patriots were expected to be open to offers for backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, but the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe is reporting that the Patriots are not “actively shopping” Mallett. However, Howe notes that it doesn’t mean the Pats are not open to offers, open to trading him, and it also doesn’t mean that the Patriots aren’t already receiving offers for Mallett. What Howe is saying is that the Patriots are currently not in talks with Mallett.

Mallett is held in high regard in the New England Patriots organization, and Greg Bedard tweeted yesterday that he can’t see the Patriots dealing Mallett for anything less than a second-rounder. I completely agree with Bedard, because the Pats really like Mallett and have significantly invested in the strong-armed former Arkansas star. He has plenty of potential and plenty of value to the Patriots as a backup.

Here is something Howe wrote that I find to be incredibly interesting, “Here’s one snag, though. Under the new CBA, all players drafted in 2011 or later cannot restructure their contract until they complete their third season. Therefore, any team that acquires Mallett can’t sign him to an extension until next year. That could take away from some of his value.”

But with an uncertain group of quarterbacks heading into this year’s draft, Ryan Mallett’s value should be pretty high right now to teams in need of a quarterback. As Brian Daboll stated, Mallett could be starting for a few teams in the league right now.

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