The New England Patriots value Ryan Mallett higher than almost anyone at this point in time, so they aren’t just going to give Mallett a way in a deal. However, the Patriots are more than willing to deal Mallett if the pieces coming back to them are good enough, because the uncertain crop of incoming QBs in this year’s draft means that Mallett’s value is at its highest.
The former third-round pick out of Arkansas tumbled that far in the draft due to bloated character concerns, and the Patriots have invested a considerable amount of time and effort in Mallett’s production through the first two years of his NFL career. As such, the Patriots are expected to accept no less than a second-round pick for the backup QB.
Thanks to the acquisition of Alex Smith by the Kansas City Chiefs from the San Francisco 49ers, Mallett’s value has increased. Not only did the 49ers receive a considerable package for Smith, but it also takes out the most valued QB on the trading block and could make Mallett a more attractive option for teams still a need of a quarterback.
Don’t count the Arizona Cardinals in, as the esteemed Mike Jurecki tweeted and confirmed that the Cardinals will not pursue Ryan Mallett this offseason. Bruce Arians runs a scheme that fits Mallett’s strong arm, but it doesn’t fit his lack of mobility. Based on what we’ve seen from Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and his interest in Drew Stanton, Arians likes QBs with strong arms who also have enough mobility to extend plays.
The Patriots will be fine with keeping Mallett and further developing him, because they really like the guy. If they don’t get any great offers, then there is certainly no reason for the team to deal him.
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