If you thought Bill Belichick was done surprising us, you would be very wrong.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots have traded Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans. The Patriots will be getting a conditional 2016 seventh-round draft choice in return. So they are pretty much giving him away for nothing.
Ryan Mallett has been traded to the #Texans, source says
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2014
This move honestly makes a lot of sense for both sides, and if it had happened a few months ago, I wouldn’t have been surprised one bit. But they have finally got the deal done, a bit later than I expected, which is the only reason I am a tad surprised.
This means Patriots are confident in rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, not only for the future, but for the present. If Brady were to go down, Belichick and company are comfortable with Garoppolo running the offense. Garoppolo has been extremely impressive this preseason, and I think carrying two quarterbacks is the right move for the Patriots. This now allows them to add another player to the 53-man roster, one that will likely be more important than a third quarterback.
It was also reported by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald that the Cowboys and Bills were also interested in Mallett.
I will miss Mallett in New England, but he deserves a chance to play meaningful snaps elsewhere. The Texans need a signal caller, and I think Mallett will thrive in that system. I wish him all the best going forward.