OT: Patriots Trade Mallett To Texans

Submitted by massblue on August 31st, 2014 at 9:03 PM

It is a good move for him.  Patriots are taking a big chance with only one rookie QB backing up Tom.

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bacon

August 31st, 2014 at 9:14 PM ^

I listen to a lot of sports radio in Boston, but I'm not really an NFL fan. From what I'm hearing this was a huge trade for the pats. Bill loves those extra picks, he's a master of drafting well. An extra 7th is a bit lower than he wanted for Mallett (he was holding out for a first or second), but a 7th is better than nothing.

/s

bronxblue

August 31st, 2014 at 9:48 PM ^

Mallet is a good enough QB he might as well get a chance.  I don't think this will make the Texans title contenders, but good on the Patriots for getting something back.  Of course, he was a 3rd rounder when they drafted him, so a 6th some years later seems like a bit of a loss.  

m1817

August 31st, 2014 at 10:10 PM ^

The Patriots invested a third round draft pick, three years of training under Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniel, and Tom Brady, and ~$2.2M in salary on Ryan Mallett.  

All they received in return was a conditional seventh round draft in 2016. Sounds like a good deal for the Texans.

Vacuous Truth

August 31st, 2014 at 10:38 PM ^

you have to have a backup QB, and you'd rather have a decent one. It's like having a home insurance policy you never use - doesn't mean it wasn't worth having insurance just b/c your house never burned down.

I'm sure the Pats think of it as spending a third round pick and cashing it in for 3 years of having a decent backup quarterback (that you thankfully never had to use) PLUS a 6th round pick - better value than plenty of 3rd round picks 

m1817

August 31st, 2014 at 11:11 PM ^

I don't think any team in the NFL that trades a 2011 third round draft pick plus ~$2.2M, for a conditional 2016 seventh round draft pick, can rationalize it as a positive.  Especially when out-of-work, former starting NFL QB's are available as backups at any given time.

Vacuous Truth

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:52 PM ^

just flat out disagree here.

I think you're underrating the value of a worthwhile backup, even if he is never used. I mean, in retrospect if in 2011 the Pats knew Brady would be healthy for every game for 3 years and they would never need a decent backup, they wouldn't have taken Mallett but of course that isn't possible. So yes, if you judge the 2011 pick based on the fact that Brady never got hurt it was a bad pick. But that's unfair since there was no way of knowing Brady wouldn't miss a game for 3 years.

As for the out-of-work QBs, a young guy with a cannon and potential is worth more than, like, Shaun Hill because there's at least a chance he can develop into a quality starter if Brady had a major injury. Again, just b/c you never cash in the insurance policy doesn't mean you shouldn't have gotten insurance in the first place.

South TX MFan

August 31st, 2014 at 10:30 PM ^

As a Texans fan I like it. We've come full circle with him. Started out as a top HS recruit in TX, a short stint at Michigan, now back here again. Of course some of the locals hate the fact that Keenum was cut, but oh well.

BrownJuggernaut

August 31st, 2014 at 11:12 PM ^

I can't say I'm entirely happy with what the Patriots got back, but it was pretty evident that Mallett wasn't developing at all. For all of his physical gifts, his head just isn't where it needs to be, to at least be the Patriots quarterback. The local radio hosts here called him something along the lines of a "crap Drew Bledsoe" and I think that's valid. Mallett is a player who trusts his arm more than anything. He needs to reel that in at the NFL level because the best QBs are the best decision makers. I don't think he learned that at all.

I know that preseason isn't a gauge of how good a QB is, but I think that's part of how Brady caught the eyes of the Patriots to begin with 13 years ago. Garoppolo's game management, throws and reads just seemed more on than I've ever seen from Mallett. 

With that said, I wish Mallett the best of luck in Houston. I hope Bill O'Brien who I still have fond feelings towards from his time here can help turn his career around. Or I guess, better put, push him to reach his potential.

Mr. Yost

September 1st, 2014 at 11:23 AM ^

They could've gotten a TON more if they would've traded him before the draft.

They didn't, he sucked during preseason and the rookie was the clear #2 and now everyone in the league knew they had to get rid of him. The Texans made out because he obviously knows their system so missing their preseason isn't that big of a deal.

I don't know when their bye is, but I bet Mallett plays and plays well for them.

Mr. Yost

September 1st, 2014 at 11:23 AM ^

They could've gotten a TON more if they would've traded him before the draft.

They didn't, he sucked during preseason and the rookie was the clear #2 and now everyone in the league knew they had to get rid of him. The Texans made out because he obviously knows their system so missing their preseason isn't that big of a deal.

I don't know when their bye is, but I bet Mallett plays and plays well for them.