Aug 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett (15) at the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Houston Texans May Trade For Ryan Mallett

January 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett against the Denver Broncos in the 2013 AFC Championship football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Having a good backup quarterback in the NFL is important, but acquiring high draft picks for one is a great way to add quality talent to your squad. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, the Texans are interested in trading for Ryan Mallett, a move that could potentially fix their quarterback problem, and allow them to draft star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Miller states that the Pats could ask for a third round pick in exchange for Mallett, which makes sense, given that is where he was originally drafted.

If this trade were to transpire, it would re-unite Bill O’Brien and Ryan Mallett once again. They already have some chemistry going from their time in Foxboro, which is an underrated aspect of building a solid NFL offense.

In terms of arm talent, Mallett definitely has what it takes to make it in this league. But he hasn’t been in much game-action, mainly because Tom Brady never wants to come out of the game. Trading for Mallett would be a risky move for Houston, but it may be something they end up going though with.

As for the Patriots, getting an extra third round pick would be a good move for them, because Mallett really hasn’t done anything on the field in his time in New England. With that said, you never want to leave yourself thin at the most important position on the field, so that should give Bill Belichick and company pause if this trade talk is serious.

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